Guiding patients in self-care is key

By Catherine Robertson Souter
July 10th, 2021
David Meyer, Ph.D., clinical director/owner of Health Psych Maine
David Meyer, Ph.D., clinical director/owner of Health Psych Maine

There has been a lot of talk about self-care this past year. Do a search and you will find multiple articles on how therapists need to care for themselves in order to care for others. But where does teaching self-care fit in?

For David Meyer, Ph.D, clinical director and owner of Health Psych Maine, who also works with first responders on PTSD, self-care has become a major piece of his practice.

"It is a huge part of therapy," he said, "and a primary component of what we do with first responders around PTSD. Self-care is going to help build resilience."

Self-care can be regarded as a method of preventive care, Meyer said. He explains this concept to firefighters, especially those who don't see it as important. It's like taking care ...

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