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The Pager Incident

From Therapeutic Stagnation to Growth

A decades-long therapeutic relationship shares some of the same elements as a marriage of similar length: the commitment to stay, the ups and downs, the intimacy, and the tendency to fall into the rut of assuming you know the other person. Keeping both fresh requires a strong bond, a willingness to be vulnerable, and most importantly, a willingness to learn from the consequences of your actions.

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Strengthening Personal Boundaries

The Bioenergetic Approach

The bioenergetic approach is a strong model for helping clients understand and assert boundaries, since it relies heavily on body-based interventions and movement to increase feeling, expand awareness, and promote overall health. When working with the body in therapy, clients often become more aware of the relational trauma they’ve suppressed.

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Navigating the Rift

A Therapeutic Rupture and the Art of Repair

After being insulted by a difficult client, this therapist doesn't know how to proceed. Here, seven clinicians weigh in.

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Can We Go Back?

A Therapist Contemplates a Return to the Office

All of us, therapists and clients alike, have been forced to adapt to the reality of living in a pandemic. But as we catch our collective breath, we must confront the fact that the pandemic opened a Pandora’s box of questioning what once seemed non-negotiable.

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Sex Post-Covid

Healing the Rifts

Lockdown provoked a wide range of emotions among partnered people, including an increase in anxiety, fear, loneliness, boredom and frustration. It’s been hard on almost everyone. For one throuple, it provided a turning point.

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"Networker Live" with J.C. Hall

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

This week, the Networker's assistant editor, Chris Lyford, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with hip hop artist and therapist, J.C. Hall.

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Becoming a Yoga Therapist

Joanne Spence on Trauma-Informed Practices

Joanne Spence, a social worker turned yoga therapist and author of "Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists," talked to Psychotherapy Networker about how therapists of all kinds can incorporate yoga into their work treating trauma. Yoga can offer immediate relief, Spence says, and therapists don’t have to become yoga experts to use its practices to help their clients.

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Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Loss a Year Later

It’s critical for clinicians to recognize anniversary reactions. When clients describe their experiences as depression, we naturally think of solutions like prescribing medication, talking about relationships, or finding ways to raise energy and reframe negative thoughts. But those methods to lift mood won’t be productive when the suffering is mourning. Grief requires a different process than depression: reflecting on the loss, which is real and should be honored as significant.

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Wisdom, or Yesterday’s News?

The Older Therapist in the Younger Practice

An older therapist is beginning to feel insecure about their age and is considering whether to dive into new trainings or retire. Five clinicians offer advice.

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The Year of Canceled Plans

Coping with Loss as Disappointment

As all of us in the United States move into the coming months, a full year into COVID life, our personal losses will come into focus. If we don’t process them, they’ll be magnified. As therapists, we can be on the lookout for symptoms of anniversary reactions in our clients, and with our help, our clients can both recognize what they’ve lost and what they can still share with their friends and family.

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Close to Home

When the Problem You Treat Becomes Your Problem Too

A couples therapist is going through an emotionally wrenching separation from their partner and finding it hard to treat clients. Five clinicians offer advice.

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Submit to Clinician's Quandary!

Let Us Know How YOU Would Tackle This Situation in Your Practice...

Even the best therapists rely on advice from peers. In the spirit of building community, we're introducing Clinician's Quandary, a new forum where you can weigh in on how you'd handle a particular clinical quagmire. Here's this month's Quandary.

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How Can White Therapists Support Asian American Clients?

Being a Good Clinician and Ally

Recent racial attacks have been perpetrated against people who look like me. I’m a female-presenting Asian American clinician, and many of my colleagues have been asking me the best way to support their Asian and Asian American clients. I wish I had a simple answer, but I don’t, and I don’t believe there is one.

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The Moment the Session Ends

Six Strategies for Couples

Since the pandemic began, many of us have been meeting with clients virtually, peering into their lives through the window of a screen. But what happens when the Zoom call ends, the laptop closes, and clients are left to deal with raw, complicated feelings in close proximity to the very person whose presence stirs up those feelings?

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Creating Safety for Couples

An Interview with Imago Relationship Therapy Pioneer Harville Hendrix

Hendrix and Helen Hunt's new book, out this spring, lays out how clinicians can use Imago to help couples focus on what the authors call the space-between—clients’ unmet needs from childhood and their unfulfilled yearnings within their marriage.

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Healing the Mother–Daughter Connection

When "I'm Sorry" is Just the First Step

Certain apologies are so courageous that the very word apology seems too glib. Letty’s story is one that falls on the heroic end of the apology spectrum. I believe it was the most stunning apology process I have ever witnessed.

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When Therapy Stalls Out

Five Tips for Getting Out of the Rut

A therapist has been working with a client for eight years but fears that their progress has stalled. Five therapists weigh in on how to proceed.

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“Everything Mike Touches Turns to Fun”

A Paean for Psychotherapy Networker’s Epic Sweetheart

Funny and flagrantly caring in a way the muttering writers and editors around him can only marvel at, Mike’s long been the company’s warmest heart, always offering us a space to unload our worries and bathing us all in a glow that’s felt like the comfort of family.

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Conspiracy Theories in the Consulting Room

Speak Up, or Stay Quiet?

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist who has been working with a client that has started expressing misinformed views rooted in conspiracy theories? Five clinicians weigh in.

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"Networker Live" with Frank Anderson

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

The Networker's senior writer, Lauren Dockett, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with psychiatrist, therapist, and program consultant at the IFS Institute, Frank Anderson. They discussed parenting during a pandemic, using an IFS approach to talk with children, and much more.

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Coping with Cancer

And How to Regulate Emotions After a Diagnosis

Although you can’t change unpredictable and uncontrollable situations, you can change how you respond. You can regain a sense of control and emotional balance by learning how to regulate strong emotions.

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Adjusting Expectations

Beating the New Year’s Resolution Blues

What are some strategies to help clients maintain hope when they don't meet their expectations for themselves? Five clinicians offer advice.

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"Networker Live" with Dafna Lender

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

The Networker's director of CE, Zach Taylor, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with therapist and author Dafna Lender, discussing Dafna's recent article and approach to working with intergenerational trauma.

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The Child Confidentiality Bind

How to Involve Families When Treating Teens

It’s a tall order to maintain a teen client’s privacy and build rapport with them when you’re including their parents in the mix. But having the right kind of confidentiality agreement in place can make this work a lot easier.

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