Mental health clinicians struggle with self-care; over time, lack of self-care and the accumulation of stressors can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue. Through the lens of self-reflexivity, journaling is one way a therapist can implement self-care by a process of self-monitoring. Using self-reflexivity, a different form of self-reflection, a therapist may develop the capacity to reflect on their subjective and objective selves whereby developing a mindfulness-based practice to prevent the development of burnout or compassion fatigue. This article explores the reflexive process and its relationship to journaling. Additionally, journaling as a practice and the benefits of the expressive process of journaling are discussed. It is imperative that practicing clinicians develop protective strategies that promote wellness to better support clients.

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