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Tough Customers: Is it them or us?

PNMJ13-1Or Have the Rumors Been Exaggerated?

By Clifton Mitchell

With all the recent developments in research, theory, and practice, we have more treatment options to choose from than ever before. Why then do so many practitioners still find client “resistance” a regular companion in their consulting rooms?

PNMJ13-2Escaping the “Groundhog Day” Cycle

By William Doherty

Why do we get stuck in “Groundhog Day therapy”—cases in which we spin our wheels from session to session? Before lurching on to alternative treatment strategies, the key to progress is recognizing the need to shift the therapist–client relationship.

PNMJ13-3Learning to Manage Our Fears

By Richard Schwartz

Inevitably, given their history of trauma, many borderline clients will trigger their therapists from time to time. But forgoing the urge to blame these clients and taking responsibility for what’s happening inside you can become a turning point in therapy.

PNMJ13-47 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck

By Steve Andreas

When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break the spell, broaden the vision, and open ourselves to possibilities outside the tunnel.

PNMJ13-5Celebrating the Craft at Symposium

By Richard Simon

This year, 3,000 practitioners came to our annual Symposium to explore the fundamental question: are we any closer to unraveling the mysteries of psychotherapy than when Freud became the first therapist to complain about client “resistance”?

Peer Supervision Groups that Work

Three steps that make a difference

Peer consultation groups offer all kinds of rich possibilities for learning and collegial support---as long as you set them up properly.

Women Who Cheat

Understanding the message of the affair

Far from being evidence of marital bankruptcy, a woman’s affair can be a way of expressing a desire for a different self and an opportunity to breathe life into a suffocating relationship.

Is Technology Changing Our Minds?

What therapists need to know in the Digital Age

Is Now Really Better?

Lessons from traditional societies

The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? 

Jared Diamond’s new book explores the many lessons modern cultures can draw from the wisdom of small-scale, preindustrial societies.

Desperate Love

A father faces an impossible choice

With his son’s freedom hanging in the balance, a father must decide whether to give the gift of forgiveness one more time.

May/June 2013 Tough Customers
Is it Them or Us?

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