Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series
Offered in partnership with Harvard Wellness and Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapists and Our Self-evolutionary Path to Sustainable Well-being
Matthew Hersh, PhD
Location: Harvard, Bock Room, 6th floor, Smith Campus Center, Harvard University, 75 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
What do you do when you are diagnosed with a rare disease that bluntly threatens your life? This was the harsh reality for clinical psychologist, Matt Hersh nearly a decade ago, and it called into question every aspect of how he thought he was supposed to live and work. But hard-fought lessons are often soon forgotten, and the self-care that was thrust upon him during his illness and recovery became a new mindful path to living.
This talk is about how we, as mental health practitioners, are a unique group of workers who sit with profound suffering, the same suffering that one psychologist endured. But how do we actually take care of ourselves along the way? How do we purposefully tend to ourselves in the same meaningful and optimistic ways we approach our clients? Matt proposes that we must begin by valuing ourselves as non-negotiable priorities and evolve toward integrated and embodied self-caring beings. It is along this self-evolutionary path that we can learn how to be truly self-compassionate, and self-forgiving helpers for deep sustainability of vitality and well-being.
At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
- identify 3 values regarding your professional self-care and prevention of occupational hazards.
- describe at least 2 mindset shifts that can help facilitate integration of self-care into your professional and personal life.
- identify 3 self-care practices that could be seamlessly integrated into your workday.
Matt is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Arlington and specializes in anxiety disorder treatment using an integrative approach of mindfulness, CBT, and Energy Psychology. Matt also serves as a consultant teacher to Harvard University's Koru Mindfulness program for emerging adults. Wanting to serve his fellow hard-working therapists, Matt founded The Thriving Therapist, an online home for mental health practitioners to cultivate awareness and skill for self-care, wellness, and burnout prevention. Finally, Matt recently co-founded VitalMind, a personal growth and wellness company specializing in mindful parenting, personal mindfulness training, and vitality-boosting life skills.