Family Matters

Leaping for Joy: The Secret Lives of Children

Marian Sandmaier • 3/13/2017

Recalling a time when kids were supposed to be out of the house—and their parents’ hair—as much as possible.

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Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

Marian Sandmaier, Bessel van der Kolk, John Gottman, Dan Siegel, John Preston, Ken Hardy, Mary Jo Barrett, Salvador Minichin • 1/1/2017

A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

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Sorting Through the Bewildering World of Therapeutic Apps

Left to Our Own Devices

Marian Sandmaier • 11/7/2016

By Marian Sandmaier - Today, we’re entering a new and fast-expanding universe of emotional self-help—one populated by smartphone apps. They offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, how might clinicians become a meaningful part of this mental health game changer, in ways that might benefit both themselves and their clients?

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Left to Our Own Devices

Sorting Through The Bewildering World Of Therapeutic Apps

Marian Sandmaier • 11/3/2016

Mobile apps offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, OCD, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. In some cases, they’re even being marketed as actual providers of therapy, or at least therapy-like help. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, what do therapists need to know?

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What's Your Most Memorable Therapeutic Moment?

Six Master Clinicians Share Their Reflections

Marian Sandmaier • 5/6/2016

Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapists's career, what makes certain ones stand out? We asked six widely respected clinicians to tell the story of a particular experience that lives on for them. This special feature collects those tales of taking creative leaps in the dark and stumbling toward insight.
  • "Crossing to Safety" by Courtney Armstrong
  • "Happy New Year?" by Ron Taffel
  • "Keeping the Faith" by Mary Jo Barrett
  • "In the Valley of the Shadow" by Margie Nichols
  • "The Uninvited Guest" by Hedy Schleifer
  • "The Found and the Lost" by Terry Real

Magazine Article

Temperament: A Factor of Nature or Nurture?

How Therapists Can Help Us Accept and Break Free from Our Dispositions

Marian Sandmaier • 1/19/2016

New investigations are beginning to shed new light on a question that's hounded psychotherapy for more than a century: what's the relationship between nature and nurture, and what does it mean for the human project of change? As we come to understand more about the complex process of temperament development, therapists may be able to better help clients master one of life's trickiest balancing acts---making peace with one's inborn nature while knocking against its boundaries, in search of a larger self.

Daily Blog

Family Matters

The Last Dance: Awakening a Mother’s Joyful Spirit

Marian Sandmaier • 1/11/2016

Toward the end of her life, a woman turns back the clock by performing the goofy ballet of her youth.

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Family Matters

What the Cactus Knew: The reward of not getting what you want

Marian Sandmaier • 7/8/2013

A much-anticipated vacation demonstrates the rewards of not getting what you want.

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Family Matters

Marian Sandmaier • 1/3/2011

Coming Full Circle

Learning to Choose Where You Look


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Who Do You Think You Are?

The Enduring Mystery of Temperament

Marian Sandmaier • 5/5/2009

Clinicians have long considered theories that emphasize inborn predispositions as antiquated and even reactionary. but the work of researchers like Jerome Kagan and startling developments in fields like behavioral molecular genetics are making therapists think again.

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Sorting Through the Bewildering World of Therapeutic Apps

Left to Our Own Devices

Marian Sandmaier • 11/7/2016

By Marian Sandmaier - Today, we’re entering a new and fast-expanding universe of emotional self-help—one populated by smartphone apps. They offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, how might clinicians become a meaningful part of this mental health game changer, in ways that might benefit both themselves and their clients?

Daily Blog

Temperament: A Factor of Nature or Nurture?

How Therapists Can Help Us Accept and Break Free from Our Dispositions

Marian Sandmaier • 1/19/2016

New investigations are beginning to shed new light on a question that's hounded psychotherapy for more than a century: what's the relationship between nature and nurture, and what does it mean for the human project of change? As we come to understand more about the complex process of temperament development, therapists may be able to better help clients master one of life's trickiest balancing acts---making peace with one's inborn nature while knocking against its boundaries, in search of a larger self.

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Family Matters

Leaping for Joy: The Secret Lives of Children

Marian Sandmaier • 3/13/2017

Recalling a time when kids were supposed to be out of the house—and their parents’ hair—as much as possible.

Magazine Article

Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

Marian Sandmaier, Bessel van der Kolk, John Gottman, Dan Siegel, John Preston, Ken Hardy, Mary Jo Barrett, Salvador Minichin • 1/1/2017

A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

Magazine Article

Left to Our Own Devices

Sorting Through The Bewildering World Of Therapeutic Apps

Marian Sandmaier • 11/3/2016

Mobile apps offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, OCD, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. In some cases, they’re even being marketed as actual providers of therapy, or at least therapy-like help. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, what do therapists need to know?

Magazine Article

What's Your Most Memorable Therapeutic Moment?

Six Master Clinicians Share Their Reflections

Marian Sandmaier • 5/6/2016

Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapists's career, what makes certain ones stand out? We asked six widely respected clinicians to tell the story of a particular experience that lives on for them. This special feature collects those tales of taking creative leaps in the dark and stumbling toward insight.
  • "Crossing to Safety" by Courtney Armstrong
  • "Happy New Year?" by Ron Taffel
  • "Keeping the Faith" by Mary Jo Barrett
  • "In the Valley of the Shadow" by Margie Nichols
  • "The Uninvited Guest" by Hedy Schleifer
  • "The Found and the Lost" by Terry Real

Magazine Article

Family Matters

The Last Dance: Awakening a Mother’s Joyful Spirit

Marian Sandmaier • 1/11/2016

Toward the end of her life, a woman turns back the clock by performing the goofy ballet of her youth.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

What the Cactus Knew: The reward of not getting what you want

Marian Sandmaier • 7/8/2013

A much-anticipated vacation demonstrates the rewards of not getting what you want.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

Marian Sandmaier • 1/3/2011

Coming Full Circle

Learning to Choose Where You Look


Magazine Article

Who Do You Think You Are?

The Enduring Mystery of Temperament

Marian Sandmaier • 5/5/2009

Clinicians have long considered theories that emphasize inborn predispositions as antiquated and even reactionary. but the work of researchers like Jerome Kagan and startling developments in fields like behavioral molecular genetics are making therapists think again.

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Family Matters

Time Traveler - An empty nest can portend a freer life

Marian Sandmaier • 5/1/2008

Life in the empty nest can be humbling, exhilarating, and occasionally, just plain weird.

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The Secret Lives of Clients

Probing the Alchemy between Client and Clinician

Marian Sandmaier • 3/2/2004

What really makes therapy work? Clinicians invest prodigious amounts of time and energy trying to find out--comparing notes with colleagues, poring over journals, attending workshops, reflecting on their own recent sessions. But how often do therapists go to the source—their own clients—for wisdom on this vital question?

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Marian Sandmaier is a freelance book editor living in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. She's a features editor for the Psychotherapy Networker.