Psychotherapy Responds to the Pandemic
If ever a conference devoted to “The Art of Healing in an Anxious Time” was needed, this is that time. At the 2020 Virtual Symposium, some of the field’s leaders offered both practical guidance and personal perspective on how to put what we know about trauma, mindfulness, and emotional connection to work as we confront a crisis few of us imagined possible.
Are Mental Health Days for Students a Good Idea?
Spearheaded by high school students and supported by some influential adults, a movement is underway to mandate a limited number of mental health days as part of a public school’s official sick-day policy.
A Controversial Study on Abortion Offers Surprising Findings
Whatever one’s position on abortion, it’s hard to dispute that the debate has ramped up radically over the last year.
Five Tales of Self-Discovery
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.
When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work
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.
How Can We Manage to Stay Well?
Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?
Stories Told at the End of the Day
In our own small way, the Networker has tried to revive the ancient, tribal practice of storytelling. At our third annual Symposium storytelling event, five veteran therapists fearlessly got on stage and told disarmingly revealing stories about therapy experiences that challenged them and taught them something vital about themselves.
What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully
Does being a therapist give us an edge in coping with the inescapable phenomenon of aging? Three prominent psychotherapists—Irvin Yalom, Joan Klagsbrun, and Erv Polster—share both how their experience with older clients has shaped their slant on their own mortality and how their own aging may be changing the way they approach psychotherapy.
What’s the Takeaway for Therapists?
Despite his four decades in the public eye, most therapists are only vaguely aware of Tony Robbins and his take on personal change. But if you attract millions of people from a staggering range of backgrounds and interests to your seminars, it’s a good bet you have something to offer. So what’s that elusive “something” that he transmits to people? And can therapists learn anything useful from him?
Eugene Gendlin and the Felt Sense
Eugene Gendlin and his work on Focusing and the “felt sense” left an indelible mark on modern mind–body approaches to psychotherapy.