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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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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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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford • 8/30/2019

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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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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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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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 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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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 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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The Free Therapy Movement of Give an Hour

Therapists Extend Their Reach to Veterans in Need

Chris Lyford • 6/3/2016

By Chris Lyford - Since its founding in 2005, the Give an Hour organization has created a nationwide network of nearly 7,000 social workers, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, couples therapists, and substance-abuse counselors who’ve committed one hour a week to doing free counseling with members of the military and their families.

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Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Effective as Clinicians Believe?

Despite Longstanding Authority, New Research Questions CBT's Reliability

Chris Lyford • 1/1/2016

For nearly 50 years, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has claimed higher scientific authority among the vast legion of psychotherapy approaches as a result of having more research demonstrate its effectiveness than any other therapeutic method. But recent developments have raised questions about whether the effectiveness and scientific bona fides of CBT have been overstated.

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The Healing Combination of Therapy and Disaster Relief

How an Uncommon Blend of Therapy and Volunteerism is Changing the World

Chris Lyford • 8/7/2015

Fifteen years ago, psychotherapist Jeffrey Kottler never imagined he’d be stuffing nine duffel bags full of antibiotics and suture kits for a return trip to Nepal. But since founding Empower Nepali Girls (ENG) to provide scholarships to at-risk children, he's returned to the country several times each year with a small team to rescue girls from probable futures in sex slavery, putting them on the path to careers in medicine, engineering, and teaching. And Kottler isn't alone in his relief efforts. In fact, many therapists are redefining what it means to create a connection, the resulting product being an uncommon blend of therapy, relief work, and social justice advocacy. Here are a few of their stories.

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Ketamine: Leading the New Wave of Antidepressants?

Fast-Acting Party Drug Could be in the Pipeline for Depression Treatment

Chris Lyford • 5/29/2015

Since it was introduced as an anesthetic in the 1970s, ketamine has occupied an uncertain pharmacological status. It’s been used as both a Vietnam-era battlefield painkiller and an illicit party drug, better known as Special K. But recent findings in studies around the world have some researchers wondering whether it might be the silver bullet for depression that Prozac and its sidekicks never turned out to be.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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The Podcast Boom: Is It for You?

Chris Lyford • 11/9/2018

Podcasts have exploded in numbers and popularity. What do mental health professionals need to know about this way of expanding their audience and their practice?

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Clinician's Digest

Police and Therapists: A New Alliance

Chris Lyford • 9/5/2018

Innovative co-responder programs around the country are bringing about a shift in how police and clinicians define the boundaries of their work.

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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.