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Therapy in a Challenging World

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Rich Simon, Networker editor, tried to highlight the role therapists can play in a world so turned upside down that "crazy has become the new normal."

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What Greg Taught Me

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"Even though I’d been out as a gay man for decades, I still felt disgust at my erotic interests. Although several therapists over the years had told me I wasn’t a sex addict, I fired all of them until I found one who agreed with my self-diagnosis."

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When Therapy Changes the Therapist

Five Tales of Self-Discovery

May/June 2019
Although it’s not usually acknowledged, change in the consulting room goes both ways. Even as they help clients wrestle with their issues, it’s the rare therapist who hasn’t experienced his or her own eureka moments. Five therapists share their tales of personal transformation.

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An Interview with Peter Levine

Turning Psychotherapy Bottom Up

March/April 2019
Peter Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, takes us inside his seemingly intuitive approach and reveals the guiding principles that inform his work.

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Bookmarks

Where the Trauma Never Ends: Inside Chicago’s Urban War Zones

March/April 2019
Chicago’s inner city has long been termed an “urban war zone.” A new book by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz reveals the personal stories of trauma and grief, as well as solace and support, that unfold over one summer.

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Case Study

Storm Damage: Angry Words Can Sink a Relationship

March/April 2019
Even though partners may forgive each other after a heated argument, the hurtful words that were hurled can be haunting nonetheless.

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Character Work

What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

March/April 2019
Therapists can flop in their “performance” with clients, coming off as inauthentic or over the top. One former actor discovers how to embody the kind of “scene partner” his clients need him to be.

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Clinician's Digest

ASMR Videos: A New Tool for Therapists?

March/April 2019
Videos designed to elicit ASMR, a physiological state some people find soothing, get millions of views online. Now clinicians are debating whether they could be a useful therapeutic tool.

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Dying Well

Humanizing Our Overmedicalized System

March/April 2019
Hospital protocols have replaced the time-honored customs that once enabled the dying to be lead actors in their life’s final drama. Why do we spend so much on last ditch medical treatments while depriving so many of what they need to die with dignity and peace?

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Editor's Note

March/April 2019
For many years after, body therapy remained a semi-underground movement within the field. Now increasing numbers of clinicians are utilizing highly interactive, body-based approaches to help clients locate the somatic sources of their pain as well as discover new pathways to aliveness and joy.

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Family Matters

The Shopping Trip: Showing Up Is Its Own Reward

March/April 2019
Sometimes you learn your most important life lessons from the person who most frustrates and disappoints you.

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From Margin to Mainstream

Peter Levine’s Bottom-Up Approach to Healing

March/April 2019
Body psychotherapy, once shrouded in controversy, has gained growing acceptance in the wider field. So how do these popular bottom-up approaches actually work?

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In Consultation

Disarming the Verbal Bully: Four Ways to Push Pause

March/April 2019
At a time when verbal bullies seem to feel increasingly empowered, here are four offbeat ways to push pause on their toxic verbiage.

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Kindling the Spark

The Healing Power of Expressive Arts

March/April 2019
Aliveness is not an experience we think or talk ourselves into; it’s a state of being we feel in our bodies. An expressive arts therapist shows how creativity, movement, and play can help traumatized clients find their way toward vitality and healing.

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Point of View

Toward a New Vision for Healthcare: Bringing Therapists and Physicians Together

March/April 2019
When it comes to addressing the profound impact of trauma, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris is calling for primary care physicians and therapists to develop new forms of collaboration that could transform our healthcare system.

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March/April 2019
The Missing Piece
Embracing a More Embodied Psychotherapy
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The Touch Taboo

Are We Missing a Vital Source of Healing?

March/April 2019
Polyvagal Theory offers a new kind of somatic road map for guiding both therapists and clients toward safety and connection. It can also empower therapists to tap into a vital source of healing that most view with great trepidation—the power of touch.

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Tips for a Sedentary Profession

Sitting Up!

March/April 2019
Therapists spend much of the day sitting in a chair. But most don’t consider how the way they sit affects the therapy experience for both them and their clients.

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Welcome to Holland

When Life Takes a Detour

March/April 2019
What do you do when your life’s expectations get turned upside down?

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Always on Call

When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work

January/February 2019
Wherever people have been uprooted and stripped raw by the devastating force of war, sudden violence, or natural disaster, you’re likely to find Jim Gordon at work. For 25 years, he’s been bringing the tools of mind–body healing to trouble spots around the globe. His goal? To make himself unnecessary.

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Bookmarks

The Scourge of Opioids

January/February 2019
A new book takes a close-up look at the opioid epidemic in America.

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January/February 2019
Can't See the Forest?
Maybe It's Time to Get Out of the Office
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Case Study

Weiwei and the Spider: Translating Problems into Skills to Learn

January/February 2019
An approach that emphasizes acquiring skills rather than focusing on problems helps a young boy in China tackle his problems at school.

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Clinician's Digest

The Rise of Eco-Anxiety

January/February 2019
Dire climate reports and grim environmental realities are generating a new kind of eco-anxiety. What can therapists do?

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Creating a Web of Connection

Therapists in Search of Community

January/February 2019
Therapists are always on the lookout for new approaches and techniques. But in a profession with alarming rates of burnout and professional isolation, the best way to improve outcomes may be less about what therapists offer clients and more about what they can offer each other.

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