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The Therapy Beat

The Free Therapy Movement Breaks New Ground

Chris Lyford • 6/30/2020

The movement to offer more free therapy and expand access to treatment gains momentum.

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Clinician's Digest

Left Behind: Counselors Seek Medicare Reimbursement

Chris Lyford • 5/1/2020

The long, hard fight to fix a legislative gap.

Magazine Article

The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford • 4/10/2020

By Chris Lyford - While therapeutic skill is the product of years of practice and self-determination, most clinicians need a mentor: someone who takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist. The five clinicians whose stories you’re about to read all agree on one thing: seeing how their mentors practice left an indelible mark on their personal and professional development that still resonates today.

Daily Blog

The Warm Handoff

Therapists’ Expanding Role in Healthcare

Chris Lyford • 3/5/2020

In a country where one in five primary care patients has a diagnosable behavioral health issue, setting up doctors and therapists to work hand in hand may be the key to creating a more accessible, affordable, and effective healthcare system.

Magazine Article

What Self-Care Means to Me

Three Therapists Share What Keeps Them Afloat

Chris Lyford • 1/18/2020

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.

Daily Blog

Clinician's Digest

Couples Therapy Goes Public

Chris Lyford • 12/27/2019

A bold new TV series captures the raw reality of couples therapy—for both clients and therapists.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

A Haunting New Film on the Legacy of Childhood Trauma

Chris Lyford • 10/28/2019

A new documentary on comedian Darrell Hammond’s life spotlights the legacy of childhood trauma.

Magazine Article

A Bridge to Recovery

A Grassroots Approach to the Opioid Crisis

Chris Lyford • 9/3/2019

Years into the opioid epidemic, a journalist travels to the hardest-hit state to get an up-close look at addiction treatment and the “radically demedicalized” approach one clinic says can make all the difference.

Magazine Article

Beating Back-to-School Anxiety

Three Therapists Share Stories and Tips

Chris Lyford • 8/13/2019

By Chris Lyford - Back-to-school season can be one of the most stressful periods of the year for a child, no matter what age. From making new friends to handling a new workload, the challenges that come with the new school year are plentiful. Here, three veteran therapists, all of whom know quite a bit about back-to-school anxieties, share the clinical lessons they learned—and a few stories.

Daily Blog

Clinician's Digest

Addressing the Psychological Fallout of Active-Shooter Drills

Chris Lyford • 7/3/2019

In response to the ever-growing incidences of gun violence targeting students, many schools have instituted active-shooter drills. How are therapists addressing the psychological effects?

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A Shared Mission

Therapist-Police Partnerships are Changing How Communities Tackle Mental Illness

Chris Lyford • 9/24/2018

By Chris Lyford - For almost a year, therapist Courtney Tran has been embedded in the Aurora Police Department as part of a two-year Department of Justice initiative designed to improve the way law enforcement tackles mental health issues. But getting a program like this off the ground can be an uphill battle.

Daily Blog

Has Porn Become a Public Health Crisis?

Therapists Speak out on Whether Porn is Killing Intimacy

Chris Lyford • 8/1/2018

By Chris Lyford - There’s no question that today’s porn is a far cry from the heyday of girlie magazines, back-alley strip clubs, and curtained-off rooms in the local video store. But is porn’s unprecedented ubiquity and accessibility affecting our mental health?

Daily Blog

The Immigrant Experience, Revisited

Clinicians Feeling the Effects of New Immigration Policies Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 6/15/2018

By Chris Lyford - Immigrants in America have long faced an uphill battle. But the shifting political landscape of the past year and a half has proven psychologically destructive, not only to undocumented immigrants, but also to those with legal protections. It's also significantly burdened the clinicians who work with these populations.

Daily Blog

Making Way for Manhood 2.0

Therapists Push Back Against a Cultural Force

Chris Lyford • 6/4/2018

By Chris Lyford - Expanding the limited definition of masculinity is prime territory for therapists. But when running up against entrenched social mores, how can we bring about change? A few therapists have found creative ways to make space in therapy for raising more emotionally expressive young men.

Daily Blog

Mindfulness Practice, Revisited

Making Mindfulness Practices Relevant for People of Color

Chris Lyford • 4/9/2018

By Chris Lyford - Is mainstream mindfulness relevant to people of color and does it honor their unique cultural experiences? Some experts say more needs to be done on this front, and are taking steps to make mindfulness practices more racially sensitive.

Daily Blog

The Trigger Warning Controversy

Are We Promoting a Culture of Avoidance?

Chris Lyford • 2/27/2018

By Chris Lyford - According to some critics, an overly protective approach to presenting college course materials deemed too triggering—in books, lessons, and lectures—could soon be coming to a university near you. Are they a boon to student mental health, or just promoting a culture of avoidance?

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England's Grand Mental Health Care Experiment

Did "the World's Most Ambitious Effort" to Expand Treatment Fall Flat?

Chris Lyford • 2/5/2018

By Chris Lyford - England's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative provides mental health care to more than 900,000 people annually, and employs more than 6,000 therapists. But can psychotherapy really be systematized on a nationwide scale?

Daily Blog

Therapy in Post-Harvey Houston

What Takes to Do Psychological First Aid Well

Chris Lyford • 11/20/2017

By Chris Lyford - Disaster work is anything but therapy as usual. In the aftermath of August's Hurricane Harvey, clinicians at ground zero explain why the medical model of traditional therapy as most know it becomes irrelevant, and the simple but important components of effective psychological first aid.

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Is Teen Suicide Contagious?

Clinicians Weigh in on the Controversy around 13 Reasons Why

Chris Lyford • 7/24/2017

By Chris Lyford - 13 Reasons Why has become one of Netflix’s most watched features, in part for how it confronts the subject of young adult suicide. But the notion that it glorifies self-harm has led suicide-prevention agencies, school boards, and therapists to speak out.

Daily Blog

Therapy in Post-Election America

What Therapists and Their Minority Clients Are Saying

Chris Lyford • 2/2/2017

By Chris Lyford - Therapists who work mainly with minorities say their clients have been disproportionately affected by recent politics. In response, a sense of mission has helped jumpstart many clinicians’ work in the therapy room.

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The Therapy Beat

The Free Therapy Movement Breaks New Ground

Chris Lyford • 6/30/2020

The movement to offer more free therapy and expand access to treatment gains momentum.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

Left Behind: Counselors Seek Medicare Reimbursement

Chris Lyford • 5/1/2020

The long, hard fight to fix a legislative gap.

Magazine Article

The Warm Handoff

Therapists’ Expanding Role in Healthcare

Chris Lyford • 3/5/2020

In a country where one in five primary care patients has a diagnosable behavioral health issue, setting up doctors and therapists to work hand in hand may be the key to creating a more accessible, affordable, and effective healthcare system.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

Couples Therapy Goes Public

Chris Lyford • 12/27/2019

A bold new TV series captures the raw reality of couples therapy—for both clients and therapists.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

A Haunting New Film on the Legacy of Childhood Trauma

Chris Lyford • 10/28/2019

A new documentary on comedian Darrell Hammond’s life spotlights the legacy of childhood trauma.

Magazine Article

A Bridge to Recovery

A Grassroots Approach to the Opioid Crisis

Chris Lyford • 9/3/2019

Years into the opioid epidemic, a journalist travels to the hardest-hit state to get an up-close look at addiction treatment and the “radically demedicalized” approach one clinic says can make all the difference.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

Addressing the Psychological Fallout of Active-Shooter Drills

Chris Lyford • 7/3/2019

In response to the ever-growing incidences of gun violence targeting students, many schools have instituted active-shooter drills. How are therapists addressing the psychological effects?

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

Ketamine: The Latest Wonder Drug?

Chris Lyford • 5/6/2019

Even as ketamine’s popularity continues to rise for depression treatment, it’s still fighting an uphill battle for clinical acceptance.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

ASMR Videos: A New Tool for Therapists?

Chris Lyford • 3/7/2019

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.

Magazine Article

Creating a Web of Connection

Therapists in Search of Community

Chris Lyford • 12/26/2018

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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Chris Lyford is the Editorial Assistant at Psychotherapy Networker, where he writes the magazine's "Digest" pieces on occasion, performs editing tasks, and manages social media.