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January Quandary: When One Partner in Couples Therapy Has Given Up

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 2/4/2020

By Chris Lyford - A therapist is working with a couple in which one partner is clearly disengaged in therapy. She shows up and says she’s interested in improving the relationship, but it seems obvious that she’s not willing to put in the work. He's mentioned this in individual sessions with her, but she maintains her stance. Here, five therapists weigh in with how they'd proceed.

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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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December Quandary: Addressing Vicarious Trauma

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 1/7/2020

By Chris Lyford - A new client who survived a harrowing car crash is going through a deep depression. When she recounts her story, her therapist feels unusually affected, as if she’s reliving the event with her. She’s not sure how to deal with the vicarious trauma. Here, five therapists offer their advice.

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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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November Quandary: How Do I Bring Up My Client’s Rigid Perfectionism?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 12/7/2019

By Chris Lyford - A client sees his perfectionism as an advantage, even though it ramps up his anxiety, exacerbates his sense of shame, and keeps him living a very rigid life. He brushes off his therapist every time she brings it up. Five therapists weigh in with how they'd respond.

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October Quandary: Addressing the Idea of Meds with a Depressed Client

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 11/5/2019

Sandra has been struggling with depression for many years. A psychiatrist has prescribed her an antidepressant, but she’s told her therapist she doesn’t like the “idea” of meds and doesn’t take them regularly. He's not sure how best to explore the issue with her. Five clinicians share how they'd proceed.

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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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September Quandary: Will a No-Suicide Contract Help My Client Stay Safe?

Four Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 10/1/2019

A new clinician is working with a client who’s expressed some suicidality at times. She's worried about him and thinks it might be a good idea to have him sign a no-suicide contract, but she's heard mixed things about them and isn't sure what to do. Here, four therapists offer their advice.

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August Quandary: How Do I Get Clients to Engage in Work Between Sessions?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 9/3/2019

By Chris Lyford - A therapist recommends exercises like journaling prompts and guided mediations that she feels would benefit her clients between sessions. Although they seem interested when she introduces the idea, they always “forget” or can’t find the time to follow through. She's unsure how to proceed. Here, five therapists share what they'd do.

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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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January Quandary: When One Partner in Couples Therapy Has Given Up

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 2/4/2020

By Chris Lyford - A therapist is working with a couple in which one partner is clearly disengaged in therapy. She shows up and says she’s interested in improving the relationship, but it seems obvious that she’s not willing to put in the work. He's mentioned this in individual sessions with her, but she maintains her stance. Here, five therapists weigh in with how they'd proceed.

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

December Quandary: Addressing Vicarious Trauma

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 1/7/2020

By Chris Lyford - A new client who survived a harrowing car crash is going through a deep depression. When she recounts her story, her therapist feels unusually affected, as if she’s reliving the event with her. She’s not sure how to deal with the vicarious trauma. Here, five therapists offer their advice.

Daily Blog

November Quandary: How Do I Bring Up My Client’s Rigid Perfectionism?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 12/7/2019

By Chris Lyford - A client sees his perfectionism as an advantage, even though it ramps up his anxiety, exacerbates his sense of shame, and keeps him living a very rigid life. He brushes off his therapist every time she brings it up. Five therapists weigh in with how they'd respond.

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October Quandary: Addressing the Idea of Meds with a Depressed Client

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 11/5/2019

Sandra has been struggling with depression for many years. A psychiatrist has prescribed her an antidepressant, but she’s told her therapist she doesn’t like the “idea” of meds and doesn’t take them regularly. He's not sure how best to explore the issue with her. Five clinicians share how they'd proceed.

Daily Blog

September Quandary: Will a No-Suicide Contract Help My Client Stay Safe?

Four Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 10/1/2019

A new clinician is working with a client who’s expressed some suicidality at times. She's worried about him and thinks it might be a good idea to have him sign a no-suicide contract, but she's heard mixed things about them and isn't sure what to do. Here, four therapists offer their advice.

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August Quandary: How Do I Get Clients to Engage in Work Between Sessions?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 9/3/2019

By Chris Lyford - A therapist recommends exercises like journaling prompts and guided mediations that she feels would benefit her clients between sessions. Although they seem interested when she introduces the idea, they always “forget” or can’t find the time to follow through. She's unsure how to proceed. Here, five therapists share what they'd do.

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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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July Quandary: I’m Feeling Burned Out!

Five Clinicians Give Their Advice

Chris Lyford • 8/6/2019

By Chris Lyford - Recently, a therapist has found herself losing steam. She mentally checks out when clients are talking, and constantly feels exhausted. She worries this burnout could be affecting her work, and is looking for some good, realistic forms of self-care beyond just taking a vacation or going to the spa. Here, five therapists offer their advice.

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Clinician's Digest

Helping Young Boys Expand Their Emotional Language

Chris Lyford • 5/9/2018

How to give boys more choices about the kind of men they want to be.

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Clinician's Digest

Making Mindfulness More Racially Sensitive

Chris Lyford • 3/9/2018

A push to make mindfulness practices more racially sensitive.

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Clinician's Digest

Did England's Ambitious Mental Health Care Experiment Deliver?

Chris Lyford • 1/8/2018

Nearly a decade ago, England embarked on one of the largest expansions of mental health care in modern history. What can be said of the outcome of this bold experiment?

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Clinician's Digest

Going Above and Beyond in Post-Harvey Houston

Chris Lyford • 11/1/2017

In the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina, what have mental health professionals learned about being helpful in the wake of natural disasters?

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Clinician's Digest

Ethics and the Rise of Text Therapy

Chris Lyford • 9/7/2017

The rise of text therapy is raising ethical questions for its practitioners.

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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.

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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?

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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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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.