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September/October 2017

September/October 2017
This issue doesn’t try to resolve all the myriad challenges of couples work. Instead, it opens up a conversation about the things couples therapists rarely talk about with clients or with each other, a conversation that we need to encourage if our profession is to keep its cultural relevance.

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Everywhere at Once

Esther Perel Is Becoming Therapy's Most Visible Presence

September/October 2017
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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Family Matters

A Squeeze of the Hand: What Does a Son Owe His Mother?

September/October 2017
After a lifetime of conflict, a son faces the question of what he owes his mother.

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In Consultation

Got Game? How I Transitioned My Practice to Sport Psychology

September/October 2017
Becoming a sport psychologist requires throwing away much of the rule book for starting a more traditional practice.

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Point of View

The New Frontier in Trauma Treatment? The Promise of MDMA

September/October 2017
Using drugs like MDMA (aka Ecstasy) may be the new frontier of trauma treatment.

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The Long Shadow of Patriarchy

Couples Therapy in the Age of Trump

September/October 2017
The election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of populism throughout the West were fueled by a renewed pull toward certain notions of traditional masculinity. Although therapists have remained largely silent about this revival of patriarchy in the culture, is neutrality really in the best interests of our clients?

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The Science of Togetherness

Making Couples Therapy More Effective

September/October 2017
Despite all the intellectual excitement it generated, the hard truth is that, so far, the systems revolution hasn’t led to very effective ways of doing therapy. Fortunately, a second revolution is quietly taking shape—a new wave of systems theory and therapy—that marries the wisdom of clinical intuition with the rigors of scientific inquiry.

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September/October 2017
The Future of Couplehood
Esther Perel Is Expanding the Conversation
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Bookmarks

Back to Bedlam? America’s Neglect of Its Mentally Ill

July/August 2017
No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
America continues to turn its back on the mentally ill.

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Case Study

Is All Fair in Love and Sex? How Couples Can Embrace their Sexual Differences

July/August 2017
Even if we believe that tender intimacy is the gold standard of erotic communication, can’t attachment be expressed in other ways?
    • Commentary by Tammy Nelson

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Clinician's Digest

Is Teen Suicide Contagious?

July/August 2017
Is teen suicide contagious? Clinicians weigh in on the controversy around 13 Reasons Why.

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Doorways to the Embodied Self

Eugene Gendlin and the Felt Sense

July/August 2017
Eugene Gendlin and his work on Focusing and the “felt sense” left an indelible mark on modern mind–body approaches to psychotherapy.

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Editor's Note

July/August 2017

July/August 2017
Even if the diagnosis of “internet addiction” is legitimate (and many experts think it isn't), surely it can't apply to the billions of people on the planet whose gizmos seem permanently grafted onto their persons. Can it?

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Family Matters

Broken Heart Syndrome: Can It Run in the Family?

July/August 2017
Can broken hearts run in a family?

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Hacking Happiness

How Social Media Can Enhance Well-Being

July/August 2017
Both ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychological research can help us make more enlightened choices as we navigate our way through the digital age.

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In Consultation

Playing with Anxiety: Helping Young Children Face Scary Situations

July/August 2017
How to use the therapeutic play zone to help young children face difficult situations.

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Loving Our Devices

When Does Attraction Turn into Addiction?

July/August 2017
More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital devices.

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Point of View

Absolutely Fabulous! Getting Beyond Stereotypes with Teenage Girls

July/August 2017
Helping teenage girls navigate the tumultuous terrain of adolescence in today’s world.

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The Addict in All of Us

Gabor Maté's Unflinching Vision

July/August 2017
Canadian physician Gabor Maté believes that addictive behaviors are woven into the very fabric of our materialistic society.

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The Age of FoMO

Our Brains on 24/7 Alert

July/August 2017
Our compulsive use of digital devices is best understood as the result of their ability to tap into a deep anxiety in the human psyche about “missing out.”

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July/August 2017
Left to Our Own Devices
Is It Time for Therapists to Be Concerned?
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Being There

Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens

May/June 2017
With traumatized adolescent clients, it’s emotion that gradually changes emotion—not rational explanation or interpretation, not snazzy techniques or “fake it till you make it” exhortations.

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Family Matters

A New Turn in the Road: Life at 94

May/June 2017
The life of a seemingly frail 94-year-old takes a surprising turn.

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In Consultation

Expanding Your Expressive Range

May/June 2017
What therapists can learn from performers.

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Point of View

Everyday Heroism

May/June 2017
Philip Zimbardo, the researcher famous for shining a light on our worst authoritarian impulses, has shifted the focus of his work.

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