American parents today face a perfect storm of cultural and social circumstances that undermine the very foundations of parental authority. In response, mothers and fathers are beginning to see therapists as irrelevant and to challenge the entire social, educational, and economic context of childrearing.
Traditional approaches to helping parents too often fail to address their profound sense of disempowerment and frustration. It’s time to find new ways to help mothers and fathers develop supportive communities outside of therapy.
Our growing understanding of attachment, its neurobiological foundations, and the five basic processes that shape the parenting brain are opening new possibilities for helping the growing number of stressed-out parents who are turned off to their own children.
An alternative to the old talking cure is expanding the knowledge base of psychotherapy as we recognize the role that exercise, nutrition, spirituality, mind-body approaches, and lifestyle can play in enhancing our clinical effectiveness.
An understanding of the unconventional ways people demonstrate resilience is important in helping us avoid pathologizing clients and stop believing there’s only one clinically “correct” way to help them.
While therapists often lead quite isolated professional lives, social-learning theorist Etienne Wenger has shown how a community of practice is perhaps the crucial ingredient in the development of a skilled clinician.
The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us • When a Brother or Sister Dies: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Exploring the complex fabric of an often poorly understood family bond that shapes us, in one way or another, throughout our lives.