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Is Teen Suicide Contagious?

Chris Lyford • 7/12/2017

Is teen suicide contagious? Clinicians weigh in on the controversy around 13 Reasons Why.

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Getting "Ghosted" by Clients

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

Chris Lyford • 7/8/2017

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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Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

A Spotlight on Community Mental Health in High-Need Areas

Chris Lyford • 5/22/2017

By Chris Lyford - Between 2014 and 2015, death rates from synthetic opioids spiked 72.2 percent nationwide, claiming 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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Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

Chris Lyford • 5/1/2017

How have the practitioners in rural communities been responding to America’s opioid epidemic?

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Therapists Answer The Millennial Question

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

Chris Lyford • 3/17/2017

By Chris Lyford - A recent interview with leading TED speaker and business consultant Simon Sinek has gone viral, with more than 5.7 million views on YouTube. But is its core message—that Millennials are facing a mental health crisis of mammoth proportions—really true?

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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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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford • 3/3/2017

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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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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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.

Magazine Article

The 6 Most-Read Networker Articles of 2016

A Look Back at This Year's Popular Reads, Chosen by You

Chris Lyford • 12/29/2016

By Chris Lyford - As 2017 approaches, we're taking stock of the past year. Join us in looking back at the most-read online Networker articles of 2016, chosen by you!

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Getting "Ghosted" by Clients

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

Chris Lyford • 7/8/2017

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.

Daily Blog

Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

A Spotlight on Community Mental Health in High-Need Areas

Chris Lyford • 5/22/2017

By Chris Lyford - Between 2014 and 2015, death rates from synthetic opioids spiked 72.2 percent nationwide, claiming 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.

Daily Blog

Therapists Answer The Millennial Question

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

Chris Lyford • 3/17/2017

By Chris Lyford - A recent interview with leading TED speaker and business consultant Simon Sinek has gone viral, with more than 5.7 million views on YouTube. But is its core message—that Millennials are facing a mental health crisis of mammoth proportions—really true?

Daily Blog

The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford • 3/3/2017

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

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.

Daily Blog

The 6 Most-Read Networker Articles of 2016

A Look Back at This Year's Popular Reads, Chosen by You

Chris Lyford • 12/29/2016

By Chris Lyford - As 2017 approaches, we're taking stock of the past year. Join us in looking back at the most-read online Networker articles of 2016, chosen by you!

Daily Blog

Six Things Therapists Are Saying After the Election

. . . And Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Call Out the Chicken Littles

Chris Lyford • 12/20/2016

By Chris Lyford - Regardless of where you stand politically, it’s hard to deny that the 2016 presidential election was one of the most stress-inducing in recent history. Democrats and Republicans alike continue to wrestle with lingering anxiety and tension. But none of this comes as a surprise to most therapists, who’ve been on the front lines of treating post-election stress. Here are some valuable lessons they’ve taken away from their recent work helping clients in these post-election times. 

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The Trigger Warning Controversy

Professors Aren't Therapists. But Do They Need to Be Therapeutic?

Chris Lyford • 11/4/2016

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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Five Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

. . . And the One Question You Should Always Ask Your Clients

Chris Lyford • 9/20/2016

By Chris Lyford - Whether they’ve been practicing for three months or three decades, therapists are continuously honing their craft. But much of what we learn through trial and error, and hours upon hours sitting across from clients, we were never taught in grad school. So we asked some seasoned therapists to pass on the lessons they wish someone had told them when they were first starting out.

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The 2016 Election Is Raising Ethical Concerns for Therapists

Is There a Place for Politics in Therapy?

Chris Lyford • 9/16/2016

By Chris Lyford - It's almost a cardinal rule that therapy and politics don’t mix. However, concerned about the stakes in this year’s presidential election, some therapists are wondering whether they have a professional, and even moral, obligation to bring politics into the consulting room.

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Clinician's Digest

Is Teen Suicide Contagious?

Chris Lyford • 7/12/2017

Is teen suicide contagious? Clinicians weigh in on the controversy around 13 Reasons Why.

Magazine Article

Clinician's Digest

Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

Chris Lyford • 5/1/2017

How have the practitioners in rural communities been responding to America’s opioid epidemic?

Magazine Article

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.

Magazine Article

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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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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Has Porn Become a Public Health Crisis?

Chris Lyford • 6/30/2016

Has pornography become a public health crisis?

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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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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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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.