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The Core of Couples Therapy

Why Homework is So Important, and Six Ways to Make Sure Your Clients Do It

David Treadway • 12/11/2017

By David Treadway - Over the years, the couples in my practice who’ve actually done homework exercises have reported communicating better and being more affectionate and more supportive of each other than couples who haven’t. To make sure I’m successful in motivating them, I use these six techniques.

Daily Blog

In Consultation

Taking Therapy Home: Motivating Couples to Do Their Homework

David Treadway • 11/1/2017

Motivating couples to do their therapy homework may be the key to successful outcomes.

Magazine Article

The Ride Home

A Special Feature from Our Family Matters Department

David Treadway • 4/25/2017

By David Treadway - With his father's help, a young therapist contemplates the biggest gamble of his life.

Daily Blog

Lessons from a Mind in Decline

What Do You Tell Your Clients...and Yourself?

David Treadway • 12/1/2016

By David Treadway - Many of us of a certain age live with the fear of early-onset dementia, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s—call it what you will. But incrementally becoming a vacant body to be tended, fed, changed, pitied was my worst nightmare.

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Writing on Water

A Diary of Riding Out the Storm

David Treadway • 7/1/2015

A therapist discovers what it means to be fully present, even in the face of the terrifying prospect of a declining mind.

Magazine Article

The Therapeutic Value of Buddhist Meditation

A Meditation Retreat Helps a Therapist Confront Cancer Trauma

David Treadway • 4/28/2015

I've been working hard on integrating Buddhist teachings and meditation practice into my life for six years now. But none of my spiritual practice prepared for my stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma that turned my life upside down two years ago. I was extremely sick and given a small chance to survive. In the first weeks, I spoke easily about the transformational power of illness, the gift of cancer. I thought I'd become enlightened. But in reality, I was out of my mind, quite dissociative. Buddhism doesn't mean being detached, uncaring, disengaged. I came to this retreat out of desperation. I'm here to learn how to live again.

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When the Therapeutic Alliance Makes Clients Dependent

When Should We Stop Seeing Difficult Therapy Clients?

David Treadway • 2/25/2015

After 22 years, I can still see Amy sitting there, cross-legged, with her arms folded across her chest. This case had been emotionally devastating for me. Amy began calling me at home. Then she began making hang-up phone calls, started cutting her wrists again and threatened suicide. Years after terminating therapy with Amy, she called me again, begging for me to treat her. I agreed. She was caught in the vortex once more and, like a complete fool, so was I.

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Transgender Counseling: A Therapist Struggles with his Clinical Choices

David Treadway • 10/10/2014

I was stunned. “So, Glen, it seems like you’re really hurt that Julie would bring this moment up in our therapy without warning,” I said. I tried to be a comfort to each of them, normalizing how embarrassing secrets can sometimes be blurted out in the supposed safety of the therapy room. Meanwhile, the couple huddled in their separate corners of the sofa without looking at each other. They endured the rest of the hour and got out of there as fast as they could—without making another appointment. In the following weeks, they didn’t return my phone messages, and I felt as if I’d blown the case. But after a month and half, I was delighted when they phoned to set up another appointment.

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Case Study

Questions of Gender: A therapist struggles with the clinical choices he’s made

David Treadway • 9/11/2014

A therapist takes an unflinching look at a puzzling case that spanned 14 years, wondering if he made a wrong turn.

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LASCELLES BLACK, MSW, LMFT
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The Core of Couples Therapy

Why Homework is So Important, and Six Ways to Make Sure Your Clients Do It

David Treadway • 12/11/2017

By David Treadway - Over the years, the couples in my practice who’ve actually done homework exercises have reported communicating better and being more affectionate and more supportive of each other than couples who haven’t. To make sure I’m successful in motivating them, I use these six techniques.

Daily Blog

The Ride Home

A Special Feature from Our Family Matters Department

David Treadway • 4/25/2017

By David Treadway - With his father's help, a young therapist contemplates the biggest gamble of his life.

Daily Blog

Lessons from a Mind in Decline

What Do You Tell Your Clients...and Yourself?

David Treadway • 12/1/2016

By David Treadway - Many of us of a certain age live with the fear of early-onset dementia, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s—call it what you will. But incrementally becoming a vacant body to be tended, fed, changed, pitied was my worst nightmare.

Daily Blog

The Therapeutic Value of Buddhist Meditation

A Meditation Retreat Helps a Therapist Confront Cancer Trauma

David Treadway • 4/28/2015

I've been working hard on integrating Buddhist teachings and meditation practice into my life for six years now. But none of my spiritual practice prepared for my stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma that turned my life upside down two years ago. I was extremely sick and given a small chance to survive. In the first weeks, I spoke easily about the transformational power of illness, the gift of cancer. I thought I'd become enlightened. But in reality, I was out of my mind, quite dissociative. Buddhism doesn't mean being detached, uncaring, disengaged. I came to this retreat out of desperation. I'm here to learn how to live again.

Daily Blog

When the Therapeutic Alliance Makes Clients Dependent

When Should We Stop Seeing Difficult Therapy Clients?

David Treadway • 2/25/2015

After 22 years, I can still see Amy sitting there, cross-legged, with her arms folded across her chest. This case had been emotionally devastating for me. Amy began calling me at home. Then she began making hang-up phone calls, started cutting her wrists again and threatened suicide. Years after terminating therapy with Amy, she called me again, begging for me to treat her. I agreed. She was caught in the vortex once more and, like a complete fool, so was I.

Daily Blog

Transgender Counseling: A Therapist Struggles with his Clinical Choices

David Treadway • 10/10/2014

I was stunned. “So, Glen, it seems like you’re really hurt that Julie would bring this moment up in our therapy without warning,” I said. I tried to be a comfort to each of them, normalizing how embarrassing secrets can sometimes be blurted out in the supposed safety of the therapy room. Meanwhile, the couple huddled in their separate corners of the sofa without looking at each other. They endured the rest of the hour and got out of there as fast as they could—without making another appointment. In the following weeks, they didn’t return my phone messages, and I felt as if I’d blown the case. But after a month and half, I was delighted when they phoned to set up another appointment.

Daily Blog
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In Consultation

Taking Therapy Home: Motivating Couples to Do Their Homework

David Treadway • 11/1/2017

Motivating couples to do their therapy homework may be the key to successful outcomes.

Magazine Article

Writing on Water

A Diary of Riding Out the Storm

David Treadway • 7/1/2015

A therapist discovers what it means to be fully present, even in the face of the terrifying prospect of a declining mind.

Magazine Article

Case Study

Questions of Gender: A therapist struggles with the clinical choices he’s made

David Treadway • 9/11/2014

A therapist takes an unflinching look at a puzzling case that spanned 14 years, wondering if he made a wrong turn.

Magazine Article

Any Day Above Ground

After Recovery, What Then?

David Treadway • 1/1/2008

Letting go of our childlike fascination with the promise of the future is one of the hardest challenges of truly being in the moment.

Magazine Article

How Involved Is Too Involved?

Twenty-two Years and Still Wondering

David Treadway • 11/2/2000

After 22 years, I can still see Amy sitting there, cross-legged, with her arms folded across her chest and her dirty blond hair falling down over her face. She was perched on the hood of my car. It was 9:00 p.m., and I was just leaving my office. Amy glared at me as I approached. Our therapy session had ended five hours earlier.

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David Treadway, Ph.D., is a family therapist in private practice. He is the author of Before It's Too Late: Working With Substance Abuse in the Family and Dead Reckoning: A Therapist Confronts His Own Grief.