Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility
The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that
- I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
- Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
- The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
- First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
- It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel
Learning How to Guide Devastated Clients Toward Growth
In the early days of the trauma field, clients were seen as one-dimensional bundles of dysfunction and pain, who needed to relive their trauma before progress could be made. But an increased interest in post-traumatic growth has allowed many therapists to see that insight and healing can occur not only in the midst of devastating experiences, but even because of them.
The Truth About Eating Disorders
The key to working effectively with eating disorders is understanding that starving, bingeing, and purging aren't simply bad habits. For treatment to work, it must get beyond the focus on negative behavior to grasp the emotional cycle of disordered eating.
Therapists Must First Get Past Their Own Anxiety
My refusal to accept Robin's self-cutting as anything but dysfunctional kept me from hearing what she was trying to tell me. Worse, it was actually causing more destructive behavior.