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VIDEO: Rick Hanson on the Healing Power of Refuge

Focusing on the People, Places, and Activities that Give Us Sanctuary

A Networker Symposium highlight, therapist and author Rick Hanson invoked the spirit of Mr. Rogers to help attendees better acknowledge their connection with each other and savor their most inspiring experiences.

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Helping Children Master Anxiety with a Superhero's Gusto

Putting Kids in the Therapeutic Driver's Seat

By Lynn Lyons - Why are our children so anxious and getting more so? It seems puzzling. After all, we live in the age of “helicopter parents” and ubiquitous child professionals. But too often in our anxiety to stop the anxiety, we surround the child with an anxiety-reinforcing system fixated on protecting the child from any twinge of the dreaded disease.

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Esther Perel on Creating Erotic Experiences

Does Good Intimacy Mean Good Sex?

By Esther Perel - It’s long been the conventional wisdom among couples therapists that if couples fix the emotional issues in their relationship, their sexual lives will improve. But good intimacy doesn’t guarantee good sex.

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VIDEO: Helping Teen Clients Make Good Decisions

...And What to Do When They Talk About Risky Behavior

Networker’s Lauren Dockett talks with teen therapist Britt Rathbone about navigating the tricky issues of confidentiality, risky behavior, and improving teen judgment and self-control.

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February Quandary: My Angry Client is Getting to Me

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Mark has anger issues, and his therapist finds herself getting extremely reactive when he loses his temper in therapy. Recently, he called her “a joke” and stormed out of the room. She wants to stand up for herself, but doesn't want to derail their work. Five clinicians share how they'd proceed.

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VIDEO: Doing Mindfulness Work with Kids

Two Techniques You Can Try Out Today

Mindfulness specialist Chris Willard explains the difference between mindfulness work with kids and adults, and shares two techniques you can use today with children and teens in your practice.

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What Have Meds Taught Us?

...And the Four Psychological Conditions That Are Lifelong Disorders

By John Preston - A snapshot of the advancements, setbacks, and future prospects for the world of medication (and why psychotherapy is still just as important as ever).

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The Medication Question

Do We Still Need Therapy?

By Michael Yapko - Americans have a history of valuing quick-fix solutions to difficult problems. But the simplistic psychopharmacological approach to depressive disorders underestimates the remarkable human capacity for self-transformation.

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VIDEO: Peter Levine Shares a Personal Story About Trauma

What Does It Take to Ward Off Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Among the first to fully realize that humans have an innate psychophysiological capacity for overcoming trauma, Peter Levine developed Somatic Experiencing, a simple yet profoundly effective mind-body healing technique. In this clip from his 2014 Symposium address, Levine shares a personal story about a traumatizing event in his own life, and explains the remedy that helped him ward off post-traumatic stress.

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Psychotherapy's Most Quotable Voice

What Makes Esther Perel Stand Out?

By Lauren Dockett and Rich Simon - By questioning some of the fundamental premises of traditional marriage, couples therapist Esther Perel has become, at least for the moment, psychotherapy’s public face and most quotable voice. But what is she saying that’s so intriguing and makes her stand out from all the other relationship experts our field produces?

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Celebrating Singles!

Researcher Bella DePaulo on Keeping Our "Matrimania" in Check

By Ryan Howes - While many studies promote the mental and physical benefits of marriage, long-time singles advocate Bella DePaulo says the reported findings are biased, and we therapists need to better understand the single population as more than people waiting to find the right partner.

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VIDEO: Facing Difficult Emotions

Tara Brach on the Power of Deliberate Practice

Our brain has hundreds of strategies for resisting emotional pain. But according to psychologist and renowned Buddhist teacher Tara Brach, resisting pain only increases our suffering. Here, she proposes a different solution.

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The Power of Expressive Arts

A Three-Part Process for Engaging the Body in Therapy

By Cathy Malchiodi - For thousands of years, humans have been turning to the healing rhythms of the arts to confront and resolve distress. Expressive arts therapy uses the body’s sensory and kinesthetic experiences as a foundation for the exploration of emotions and personal narratives.

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VIDEO: In the Valley of the Shadow

A Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Of the thousands of meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. During the Networker Symposium's evening of storytelling, clinician Margie Nichols shared a transformational story from her own life in therapy.

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January Quandary: When One Partner in Couples Therapy Has Given Up

Five Clinicians Weigh In

By Chris Lyford - A therapist is working with a couple in which one partner is clearly disengaged in therapy. She shows up and says she’s interested in improving the relationship, but it seems obvious that she’s not willing to put in the work. He's mentioned this in individual sessions with her, but she maintains her stance. Here, five therapists weigh in with how they'd proceed.

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The Final Shot

A Therapist's Creativity Unifies a Fractured Group of Boys

By Ken Hardy - Sometimes, the clinical tools we learn in our training just don't work. When that happens, and the stakes are high, we have to find new pathways to healing and connection.

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VIDEO: The Found and the Lost

A Transformation

Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. In this Symposium storytelling highlight, couples therapist Terry Real shares a memorable moment from his work.

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What It Really Means to Apologize

…While Holding Wrongdoers Accountable

By Harriet Lerner - We’re all imperfect human beings, so the need to give and receive apologies is with us until our very last breath. Yet there’s no greater challenge than listening to the anger and pain of someone who’s accusing us of causing it.

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The Three Marriages

Poet David Whyte on Our Work and Purpose

By David Whyte - Human beings are creatures of belonging, and our sense of belonging and not belonging is lived out by most people through three principal dynamics.

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When Therapy Calls for a Boundary Crossing

A Story About When Professional Helping Meets Human Concern

By Dea Silbertrust - After my surgery, my therapist's willingness to trade the comfort and security of her office for my apartment would be considered a boundary crossing by some. But in accommodating me, she demonstrated the difference between a boundary crossing and a boundary violation, and, more important, what it means to offer a simple act of grace to another human being.

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VIDEO: Doing Your Best Work with LGBTQ Clients

The Myth of Sex Addiction, Common Mistakes, and More

Is the sex addiction model doing more harm than good? What's the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity? And what are the most common mistakes therapists make when working with LGBTQ clients, and how can you avoid them? Sex therapist Joe Kort answers these questions and more.

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The Inner Selfie

A Technique for Guiding Young People Toward Self Discovery

By Tobi Goldfus - When I use the term Inner Selfie with my young clients, it seems to resonate. What is an Inner Selfie? It’s simply a way of talking about our internal sense of self, our inner strength and wisdom. It can help young clients down-regulate, guide them to inhabit their body, and teach them self-reflection. Here are five ways to introduce the Inner Selfie.

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What Self-Care Means to Me

Three Therapists Share What Keeps Them Afloat

By Chris Lyford - Certainly, most psychotherapists love what they do, but the work can also be isolating, overwhelming, emotionally draining, and relentless—sometimes, all at once! In these moments, practicing self-care isn’t just important, it’s essential to making sure we bring our best selves to our work. But what does self-care look like, exactly? Here, three therapists share what it means to them.

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Stealthy Change, Healthy Change

Three Ways to Practice Presence

By Donald Altman - Helping clients make changes isn't always easy. How can we stealthily introduce change through mindfulness? It may not be as daunting as it sounds. Here are three easy-to-use practices for getting started.

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“You Should Know What I Need”

A Simple Exercise to Help Couples Avoid the Assumption Trap

By Alicia Muñoz - Satisfying our needs is a gift our partners give us. Being responsible calls for a willingness to ask clearly and vulnerably for what we want, and to tolerate disappointment.

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