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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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Take Years of Issues Wherever You Go!

The Networker magazine app is available on all your mobile devices! It features current issues, archives of past issues, videos, and blogs!

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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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"Networker Live" with Deb Dana

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

Last month, the Networker's director of CE, Zach Taylor, hosted therapist, author, and polyvagal specialist Deb Dana for the inaugural installment of "Networker Live," a series of live conversations and Q&As with the magazine's top contributors.

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Managing Therapist Burnout

Eight Tips for Resetting in 2021

How do we hit the reset button as we begin a new year? Research on burnout across professions says the answer isn’t less work but rather more meaning and an increased sense of efficacy.

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The Grieving Therapist

Take a Break, or Keep Going?

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist whose personal grief is so deep that she's finding it hard to stay present for clients? Six clinicians weigh in.

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On the Death of My Friend Rich Simon

A Reflection on Bipolar Disorder and Suicide

Dan Siegel, author and cofounder of the Mindsight Institute, was a close friend of Networker editor Rich Simon for over two decades. Rich's family has asked Dan to share his reflections on bipolar disorder, and Rich's courage in facing a decades-long struggle with an illness many still don't understand well. As Dan writes, "He will always be a hero to me."

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Esther Perel on Adapting to Uncertainty

And How Relationships Are Changing in a Pandemic

There’s a profound change occurring in our relationship to space. In working remotely, it feels at times like we’re doing home visits. In video calls, we enter each other’s intimate spaces: kitchens and messy bedrooms. We’re not working from home—we’re working with home.

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Bottom-Up Gratitude

An AEDP Approach

A core tenet of AEDP teaches us that humans have a built-in, primitive drive to seek out healing attachment, that if something inside us feels wrong, we move toward fixing it.

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I’m Ready for a New Challenge

Five Clinicians Weigh In

A therapist is ready for a new challenge, a new context in which to put their clinical skills to work. Here, five clinicians offer practical guidance on finding rewarding projects.

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