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Playing Together Apart

Figuring Out Teletherapy for Kids

Martha Straus, Kathryn O’Neil • 5/1/2020

Without a well-researched paradigm for reaching young children who might need teleplay therapy in an uncertain time like this, therapists are forging ahead into unknown territory.

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VIDEO: The Power of Predictability

The Cornerstone of a Strong Therapeutic Alliance

Martha Straus • 1/8/2020

Providing familiarity and predictability is one of our greatest tools in therapy, and can provide much-needed comfort to clients who aren't used to it. According to Martha Straus, an expert in working with kids and teens, young people need this familiarity the most, especially when they've survived trauma. Here, she explains how to model it in your work.

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My Nightmare Client, My Greatest Gift

Sometimes Our "Worst" Clients Are Our Best Teachers

Martha Straus • 12/12/2019

By Martha Straus - My young client, Brian, can reduce even confident mid-life adults to an infantile puddle, one provocative comment at a time. He's a therapist's nightmare. But he’s also the universe's gift to me. He measures my commitment to the work, to him, to my ideas about therapy, to my best self.

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Craving Device-Free Attention

Technoconflicts in Families Today

Martha Straus • 7/3/2019

Therapists are used to adolescent girls grumbling about their hovering, overinvolved parents. But these days, many have a new complaint—technoference in the home. Even as they’re tethered to their own screens, teens are wanting more, not less, of their digitally distracted parents’ attention.

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Millennials and the Tyranny of Choice

Three Ways to Help Young Clients Work Through the Real Problem of Choosing Unwisely

Martha Straus • 11/17/2018

By Martha Straus - After a difficult case, I decided to consult with a small group of millennials, who helped me grasp what a big deal choosing has become for this generation. Here are three adjustments I've made to help millennial clients struggling with the tyranny of choice take hold of their lives and approach differently the sense of paralysis they feel.

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Listening to the Next Generation

Are We Hearing What They Have to Say?

Martha Straus • 11/9/2018

Admitting her bafflement with some of her millennial clients, a veteran therapist accepts her ignorance and gets advice from some of the young people in her life. Here’s how their fresh perspectives energized her practice.

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Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens

Three Strategies to Rewire Young Brains for Safety and Attachment

Martha Straus • 4/26/2018

By Martha Straus - What we therapists have to offer our young clients, more than anything, is our well-regulated, fully developed adult brain, with its mature capacity for awareness, perspective, appraisal, curiosity, and forgiveness on full display. According to the approach I use, Developmental-Relational Therapy, we’re both the mechanism of change and the intervention. Here are a few strategies that can rewire the teen brain for safety and intimacy.

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Essential Strategies for Anxiety, OCD, Trauma, Bullying & More
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2/28/2018
Authors:
CHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSY.D.
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
PHYLLIS BOOTH, MA
 
DAFNA LENDER, LCSW
 
LYNN LYONS, LICSW
 
SIGNE WHITSON, LSW-C-SSWS
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Lessons from Therapy with Adolescent Girls

Four Tips for Strengthening the Therapeutic Alliance

Martha Straus • 8/22/2017

By Martha Straus - For me, working with girls is what I do with the greatest interest and passion. I have wells of empathy to draw on, and can stay attuned with them more easily than with males. Our bond is implicit, and by being as fully authentic, connected, and present as I know how, I help them make it explicit. Here are four of the biggest lessons I've learned in my therapeutic work with adolescent girls.

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Being There

Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens

Martha Straus • 5/8/2017

With traumatized adolescent clients, it’s emotion that gradually changes emotion—not rational explanation or interpretation, not snazzy techniques or “fake it till you make it” exhortations.

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Essential Strategies for Anxiety, OCD, Trauma, Bullying & More
Copyright:
2/28/2018
Authors:
CHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSY.D.
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
PHYLLIS BOOTH, MA
 
DAFNA LENDER, LCSW
 
LYNN LYONS, LICSW
 
SIGNE WHITSON, LSW-C-SSWS
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How to Get Unhooked
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3/25/2017
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MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
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RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
ADAM COX, PHD, ABPP
 
DAVID SEABURN, PHD, LMFT
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MATTHEW SELEKMAN, MSW, LCSW
 
TERRY HARGRAVE, PHD
 
VICTOR SHKLYAREVSKY, PSYD
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3/15/2013
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MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
 
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FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
LASCELLES BLACK, MSW, LMFT
 
MARY PIPHER, PH.D.
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JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
STEVEN STOSNY, PH.D.
 
MICHELE WEINER-DAVIS, MSW
 
JOYANNA SILBERG, PHD
 
NOEL LARSON, PH.D., MSW
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DANIEL A HUGHES, PH.D.
 
RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
DAVID FLOHR, PHD
 
JANET SASSON EDGETTE, PSYD, MPH
 
MICHAEL UNGAR, PHD
 
JONATHAN BAYLIN, PH.D.
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Getting Unhooked

Connecting with Traumatized Kids who Push Your Buttons

Martha Straus • 9/26/2014

By the end of the hour, even when we begin with her raging and sobbing, Jenna usually leaves more cheerfully. She’s much less reactive than when she entered, and, best of all, we’re more in sync. When I’m able to be present in this way, my cooler, more regulated brain lowers the emotional temperature of her hot head. Over the year or so that we’ve been meeting regularly, she’s allowing me to comfort her more and more, using me more effectively for soothing. This is the wonder of what I call Time In.

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Playing Together Apart

Figuring Out Teletherapy for Kids

Martha Straus, Kathryn O’Neil • 5/1/2020

Without a well-researched paradigm for reaching young children who might need teleplay therapy in an uncertain time like this, therapists are forging ahead into unknown territory.

Magazine Article

Craving Device-Free Attention

Technoconflicts in Families Today

Martha Straus • 7/3/2019

Therapists are used to adolescent girls grumbling about their hovering, overinvolved parents. But these days, many have a new complaint—technoference in the home. Even as they’re tethered to their own screens, teens are wanting more, not less, of their digitally distracted parents’ attention.

Magazine Article

Listening to the Next Generation

Are We Hearing What They Have to Say?

Martha Straus • 11/9/2018

Admitting her bafflement with some of her millennial clients, a veteran therapist accepts her ignorance and gets advice from some of the young people in her life. Here’s how their fresh perspectives energized her practice.

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Being There

Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens

Martha Straus • 5/8/2017

With traumatized adolescent clients, it’s emotion that gradually changes emotion—not rational explanation or interpretation, not snazzy techniques or “fake it till you make it” exhortations.

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Getting Unhooked

Connecting with Traumatized Kids Who Push Your Buttons

Martha Straus • 9/11/2014

Most parents “loan” children their adult regulatory system beginning at birth. But developmentally traumatized teens have missed out on this opportunity when they were little. Thus, a major goal of therapy is to backfill this absolutely essential experience, which is often not an easy job.

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Bungee Families

You Can Go Home Again

Martha Straus • 9/1/2009

While some warn that the conveyor belt that once transported adolescents into adulthood has broken down, other insist the increasing number of adult children living at home is less about dysfunction than the changing function of family life today.

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The Therapeutic Roller Coaster

Working with Self-Harming Teens is Dramatic and Unpredictable

Martha Straus, Matthew Selekman • 1/1/2004

Working with self-harming teens often seems like riding a runaway roller coaster, which keeps threatening to go off the rails altogether. Just as things get smooth and predictable, a crisis sends you hurtling downhill again.

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Small Winnings

Learning from a Therapist's Nightmare

Martha Straus • 11/1/2000

Perhaps it isn't surprising that the challenging case that ambles through the thickets of my mind is Brian Stanley, a furious and terrified 11-year-old boy I've known well for six years and am still wrangling with every couple of weeks. Befitting my more deliberate gait, ours is a story of incremental healing and occasions for small hope.

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Martha Straus, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Adolescent Girls in Crisis, and Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.