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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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

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.

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Is Antidepressant Ketamine a Game-Changer?

Despite Its Growing Popularity, Some Therapists are Cautious

Chris Lyford • 6/17/2019

By Chris Lyford - In just a few years, the number of clinics administering ketamine, an anesthetic-turned-antidepressant, has spiked rapidly. After about six ketamine infusions, 70 to 80 percent of participants with treatment-resistant depression no longer experience symptoms, and usually within hours. But despite the hype, some therapists are recommending caution.

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The Millennial Question

Are Today's Young Adults on the Brink of Crisis?

Chris Lyford • 5/21/2019

By Chris Lyford - After an interview about Millennials with leading TED speaker and business consultant Simon Sinek went viral, with more than 6 million views on YouTube, some therapists started to ponder its core message—that Millennials are facing a mental health crisis of mammoth proportions.

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Getting "Ghosted" by Clients

Four Stories from Therapists, and What They Learned from Their Experience

Chris Lyford • 5/6/2019

By Chris Lyford - We've all seen it happen. Maybe some of us are even guilty of it ourselves: Sometimes it's easier to simply ignore people than respond when they reach out. But this disappearing act, or "ghosting" as it's become commonly known, also happens to therapists quite often. Here, four clinicians share their stories.

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ASMR: Coming to a Practice Near You?

An Unusual Self-Care Tool Has Taken the Internet by Storm

Chris Lyford • 3/11/2019

By Chris Lyford - Some are speculating that ASMR, a soothing physical and emotional experience that 20 to 40 percent of people claim to have, triggered by particular sounds and images, may have therapeutic usefulness. But with the bulk of ASMR videos being created by non-therapists, it's also stirring up controversy.

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Celebrating Black Therapists

How an Online Community Broke the Networking Mold

Chris Lyford • 1/21/2019

By Chris Lyford - In the two years since its founding, Black Therapists Rock, an online community of black therapists, has gained more than 22,000 members. It's a resource, they say, where they can network, get advice about challenging cases, and meet potential mentors. But it’s also a place where many black therapists finally discover—often for the first time in a decades-long career—a sense of camaraderie with other professionals like them.

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Is Podcasting the Next Frontier of Therapy Marketing?

The Three Things Successful Mental Health Podcasts Have in Common

Chris Lyford • 12/25/2018

By Chris Lyford - The last 15 years has witnessed the meteoric rise of podcasts as a new means of educating, entertaining, and marketing. But while the podcast may be over a decade old, it shows no sign of slowing down, and experts say there’s a piece of the pie for everyone.

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Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

A Spotlight on Community Mental Health in High-Need Areas

Chris Lyford • 12/9/2018

By Chris Lyford - Synthetic opioids claim an average of 91 American lives per day. But the opioid epidemic hits especially hard in rural America, where treatment options are scarce and costly, trained clinicians are in short supply, and a lack of public transportation makes it difficult to get high-quality care. Here are the stories of clinicians working in these areas.

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Clinician's Digest

Therapists Answer the Millennial Question

Chris Lyford • 3/13/2017

Therapists respond to the increasingly popular notion that we have a Millennial crisis on our hands.

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Clinician's Digest

Healing after the Election: What Therapists and Their Minority Clients Are Saying

Chris Lyford • 1/1/2017

What minority clients are saying to their therapists after the election, and how therapists are responding.

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Clinician's Digest

Trigger Warnings: Compassion or Coddling?

Chris Lyford • 11/3/2016

Therapists wade into the controversy about trigger warnings for potentially disturbing college course material.

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Clinician's Digest

The 2016 Election Is Raising Ethical Questions for Therapists

Chris Lyford • 8/30/2016

It used to be an axiom for clinicians that therapeutic conversation and politics don’t mix. But in this high-stakes presidential election, some therapists aren’t so sure.

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Clinician's Digest

Has Porn Become a Public Health Crisis?

Chris Lyford • 6/30/2016

Has pornography become a public health crisis?

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Clinician's Digest

Has CBT Lost Its Mojo?

Chris Lyford • 11/18/2015

Questions have been raised about whether the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, the field’s most researched treatment model, has been overstated.

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Clinician's Digest

Therapists without Borders

Chris Lyford • 7/1/2015

It’s the rare therapist who’s willing to leave the comforts of ordinary practice to face the hardships of working in the world’s most troubled places.

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Clinician's Digest

Is Ketamine the New Antidepressant to Rave About?

Chris Lyford • 5/1/2015

Is a new generation of antidepressants on the way?

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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.