One of the foremost paradoxes of our digitally connected and instantaneous age is the lack of connection many of us feel—to ourselves, to others, and to the present moment. In her Symposium 2013 Keynote Address, Tara Brach addresses this human tendency to get caught up in self-judgment, separation, and “false refuges” that make us feel temporarily better, but fail to satisfy our need for self-awareness and belonging.
What makes a relationship work? Answers to that question vary wildly from one decade to the next, but even within the current generation, there are countless ways to define committed relationships. For therapists, this means there are also countless things to consider when treating couples.
For a field so focused on dealing with the emotional life, it’s ironic that many psychotherapists try to bypass or contain emotion, rather than actively use it for change. In this engaging and dynamic Symposium Workshop Susan Johnson and Kathryn Rheem present a more skilled approach to working with clients’ difficult emotions.
We often think of mindfulness as a solitary, self-directed practice that makes clients less reactive to outer (and inner) voices. But as Michael Yapko argues in this Webcast Session, guiding our clients into mindfulness features an inevitable dimension not present in solitary meditation. This social dimension alters both the therapeutic aims and methods of mindfulness.