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Category Archive: Advice

May 12 2014

The [....]‘s Guide to Getting a Therapist Masterpost

I ran a series last week about the finnicky steps of getting a therapist. This is the masterpost, with links to every part of the series. It will end up as a new tab on the top of every G&H page as well. The [....]‘s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Getting Started The [....]‘s Guide …

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May 11 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Miscellaneous

<< Previous Post: Your First Session Part IV: In which forgotten things are unforgotten. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part guide, which is essentially the sum total …

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May 10 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Your First Session

<< Previous Post: Reaching Out Part III: In which couches are sat upon, forms are filled out, and intake is had. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part …

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May 09 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Reaching Out

<< Previous Post: Getting Started Part II: In which emails are sent, scripts are given, and therapists are contacted. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part guide, which …

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Mar 28 2014

Boring, Small Things, That Made My Mental Illness Less Bad

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Buying cheap or free apps for my smartphone.  It took some work, and plenty of the apps were used for a few days or a week and then discarded as unhelpful or useless, but at a grand total of 99c spent across six or seven apps to find two gems (Self-Help Anxiety Management and Recovery …

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Mar 27 2014

Counterintuitive Underreactions and Overreactions

The quality of not reacting in an upset way to new information has been on my mind recently. People seem to tell me things regularly—a driving force, if not the initial impetus behind my career choice–and something I’ve noticed as a skill is knowing when to react strongly to emotionally-loaded information…and when to treat an offhand …

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Feb 23 2014

[Sunday Assembly Chicago] Talk Notes, Citations, Oddments

[General version of what I'm saying at Sunday Assembly Chicago today. Yes, the footnotes start at 2. I edited and didn't want to go fix all superscripts at 6 am this morning.] Good morning! I’m Kate Donovan, and in about two sentences, I’m going to stop talking. I’m going to smile (see?) and stare pleasantly back at you, …

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Sep 20 2013

[Repost] On Running Out of Feelings, and What to Do Next

[This is a repost from when I was co-blogging with Ashley. It seemed appropriate, as I'm feeling a wee numb myself, and with school starting and winter coming, this seems to be a shared feeling.] Hello, internet. This is where I come to spill my secrets, right? Sometime between last week and this one, I …

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Sep 18 2013

Some Thoughts for The Therapist I’ll Be (Part 1)

I’m looking at grad school [gasps, slams laptop closed], and thinking about careers and plans and futures. (Adulting! It’s scary shit.) Which means lots of reflecting on what I’ve learned and heard about the good and awful things therapists can do. So, some notes, some things I want the future Therapist Kate to remember: 1. …

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