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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.

How to Heal the Angry Brain

Mad Men

Men with anger problems are generally highly reluctant clients who come to our offices only because they’ve gotten “the ultimatum” from their wives, girlfriends, or bosses. Fortunately, understanding the angry brain can help build their motivation for change.

Beyond Clinical Correctness

Unearthing the logic of the client’s solution

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.

Treating the Dissociative Child

The road back from the ultimate loss of self

Few cases offer as eerie a therapeutic challenge as a suddenly non-communicative child, lost in a dissociative shutdown.

Dancing with the Unconscious

Sometimes conversation isn’t the best way to communicate with clients. There are times when  therapists must go beyond the words. 

Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming to Help a Panicked Client

From Certainty to Uncertainty

Often clients come to therapy to resolve ambivalence or because they can’t make up their minds. But sometimes, the problem is that they’re too certain about things they should be uncertain about.

PNJA13-4How to Find Pathways to Empathy

By Wendy Behary

Given their arrogance, condescension, and lack of empathy, narcissists are notoriously difficult clients. The key to working with them is being direct and transparent about the roiling emotions they trigger in us.

Truly Client-Centered Therapy

What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?

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