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Are We Getting Mindfulness Wrong?

Buddhist Thought Pioneer Mark Epstein Has a Message for Therapists

Ryan Howes • 7/7/2018

By Ryan Howes - For psychiatrist and bestselling author Mark Epstein, a state of mindfulness isn’t just a prescription for quieting an anxious mind: it’s an introductory phase to a much deeper process of healing and enlightenment. In the following interview, he breaks down the intersection of Eastern and Western thought playing out in our culture today.

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Developing Racial Literacy: How to Confront Our Unconscious Taboos

Ryan Howes • 7/6/2018

Howard Stevenson’s program promotes “racial literacy” through skills that help us confront unconscious taboos and more effectively read and resolve racial encounters.

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The Five Love Languages

An Interview with Gary Chapman

Ryan Howes • 5/22/2018

By Ryan Howes - In our romantic fantasies, the path to true love is smooth. But the couples we see in therapy aren’t always so adept. In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes that people typically tend to express and understand emotional love through one of five “languages”—words of affirmation, quality time, personal gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

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Therapy and the Limitations of Mindfulness

Ryan Howes • 5/9/2018

For Buddhist therapist Mark Epstein, mindfulness is just the beginning.

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What's New in Art Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy Pioneer Cathy Malchiodi Weighs In

Ryan Howes • 4/30/2018

By Ryan Howes - Art therapy can help people of all ages process and recover from trauma. In the following interview, Cathy Malchiodi, President of Art Therapy Without Borders, explains her approach and talks about the growing movement to treat returning combat veterans with art and expressive art therapy.

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What Can Therapists Learn from The Minimalists?

Expert Joshua Millburn Explains What It Really Means to Let Go

Ryan Howes • 3/12/2018

By Ryan Howes - How does minimalism correlate with wellness? Why do we crave stuff, yet feel relief when we let it go? We therapists can easily identify the pathology of hoarding, but can we also see the benefits of embracing minimalism? To find answers to those kinds of questions, we caught up with Joshua Millburn, co-founder of The Minimalists.

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Art and Trauma: Accessing Creative Paths to Healing

Ryan Howes • 3/9/2018

A leader in expressive arts therapy explains why it’s increasingly being used to help combat vets find relief from trauma.

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When Less Is More: The Art of Minimalizing Our Stuff

Ryan Howes • 1/8/2018

Even as many of us are drowning in material possessions, a new minimalist movement is sweeping across popular culture.

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How Neurofeedback Works

Pioneer Sebern Fisher Explains Why It's the Perfect Complement to Clinical Practice

Ryan Howes • 12/29/2017

By Ryan Howes - Since it was developed almost 60 years ago, neurofeedback has been used as a way to help clients change their brainwave frequency as a way to reduce symptoms ranging from anxiety, phobias, and depression to personality disorders and PTSD. In the following interview, psychotherapist Sebern Fisher, a neurofeedback pioneer, shares her approach and describes its promise for the future.

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The Surprising Clinical Benefits of MDMA for Trauma

Could a Psychedelic Drug Be the Next Big Thing in Treatment?

Ryan Howes • 11/4/2017

By Ryan Howes - Michael Mithoefer, a clinical faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina, has demonstrated remarkable early results using MDMA as a therapist-supervised treatment for chronic PTSD. His work is being approved by the FDA and could eventually clear a path for MDMA treatment clinics specializing in trauma.

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Are We Getting Mindfulness Wrong?

Buddhist Thought Pioneer Mark Epstein Has a Message for Therapists

Ryan Howes • 7/7/2018

By Ryan Howes - For psychiatrist and bestselling author Mark Epstein, a state of mindfulness isn’t just a prescription for quieting an anxious mind: it’s an introductory phase to a much deeper process of healing and enlightenment. In the following interview, he breaks down the intersection of Eastern and Western thought playing out in our culture today.

Daily Blog

The Five Love Languages

An Interview with Gary Chapman

Ryan Howes • 5/22/2018

By Ryan Howes - In our romantic fantasies, the path to true love is smooth. But the couples we see in therapy aren’t always so adept. In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes that people typically tend to express and understand emotional love through one of five “languages”—words of affirmation, quality time, personal gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

Daily Blog

What's New in Art Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy Pioneer Cathy Malchiodi Weighs In

Ryan Howes • 4/30/2018

By Ryan Howes - Art therapy can help people of all ages process and recover from trauma. In the following interview, Cathy Malchiodi, President of Art Therapy Without Borders, explains her approach and talks about the growing movement to treat returning combat veterans with art and expressive art therapy.

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What Can Therapists Learn from The Minimalists?

Expert Joshua Millburn Explains What It Really Means to Let Go

Ryan Howes • 3/12/2018

By Ryan Howes - How does minimalism correlate with wellness? Why do we crave stuff, yet feel relief when we let it go? We therapists can easily identify the pathology of hoarding, but can we also see the benefits of embracing minimalism? To find answers to those kinds of questions, we caught up with Joshua Millburn, co-founder of The Minimalists.

Daily Blog

How Neurofeedback Works

Pioneer Sebern Fisher Explains Why It's the Perfect Complement to Clinical Practice

Ryan Howes • 12/29/2017

By Ryan Howes - Since it was developed almost 60 years ago, neurofeedback has been used as a way to help clients change their brainwave frequency as a way to reduce symptoms ranging from anxiety, phobias, and depression to personality disorders and PTSD. In the following interview, psychotherapist Sebern Fisher, a neurofeedback pioneer, shares her approach and describes its promise for the future.

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The Surprising Clinical Benefits of MDMA for Trauma

Could a Psychedelic Drug Be the Next Big Thing in Treatment?

Ryan Howes • 11/4/2017

By Ryan Howes - Michael Mithoefer, a clinical faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina, has demonstrated remarkable early results using MDMA as a therapist-supervised treatment for chronic PTSD. His work is being approved by the FDA and could eventually clear a path for MDMA treatment clinics specializing in trauma.

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What Therapists Need to Know About Working with Teenage Girls

Author Lisa Damour Explains the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Ryan Howes • 9/2/2017

By Ryan Howes - In the following interview, New York Times columnist and author Lisa Damour gives us a glimpse at the map she’s developed for both therapists and parents trying to help teenage girls make their way through the treacherous, often bewildering landscape of adolescence in today’s world.

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Everyday Heroism

Philip Zimbardo Reflects on His Work on Human Connections and Positive Change

Ryan Howes • 7/10/2017

By Ryan Howes - Social psychologist Philip Zimbardo may be most well-known for his notorious Stanford Prison Experiment. More recently, however, he's pivoted his work to focus on human connections and positive change. He founded a clinic that helps clients push past self-imposed limits around shyness and established a program that frames heroism as a continual, everyday choice.

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The Five Dimensions of Good Anxiety Treatment

An Interview with Anxiety Researcher David Barlow

Ryan Howes • 5/8/2017

By Ryan Howes - Most people have plenty of reasons to feel anxious right now. Whether it’s around the uncertain forecast for the field of psychotherapy, or an overall unease with the current state of the world. Author David Barlow is widely considered the dean of anxiety researchers. In the following interview, he shares his thoughts on the nature of anxiety and what research has revealed about the most effective treatments for it.

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Feminism and Psychotherapy

Harriet Lerner on the Legacy of the Women's Movement

Ryan Howes • 1/26/2017

By Ryan Howes - For 30 years, psychologist Harriet Lerner has been one of the leading feminist thinkers within the profession, as well as an enormously successful author who brings the insights of therapy to a large general audience. In the following interview, she speaks about her body of work, and addresses the question of the continuing impact of feminism on psychotherapy today.

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Developing Racial Literacy: How to Confront Our Unconscious Taboos

Ryan Howes • 7/6/2018

Howard Stevenson’s program promotes “racial literacy” through skills that help us confront unconscious taboos and more effectively read and resolve racial encounters.

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Therapy and the Limitations of Mindfulness

Ryan Howes • 5/9/2018

For Buddhist therapist Mark Epstein, mindfulness is just the beginning.

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Art and Trauma: Accessing Creative Paths to Healing

Ryan Howes • 3/9/2018

A leader in expressive arts therapy explains why it’s increasingly being used to help combat vets find relief from trauma.

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When Less Is More: The Art of Minimalizing Our Stuff

Ryan Howes • 1/8/2018

Even as many of us are drowning in material possessions, a new minimalist movement is sweeping across popular culture.

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The Rise of Neurofeedback

Ryan Howes • 11/1/2017

Neurofeedback has brought a powerful new technology into the consulting room.

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The New Frontier in Trauma Treatment? The Promise of MDMA

Ryan Howes • 9/7/2017

Using drugs like MDMA (aka Ecstasy) may be the new frontier of trauma treatment.

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Absolutely Fabulous! Getting Beyond Stereotypes with Teenage Girls

Ryan Howes • 7/12/2017

Helping teenage girls navigate the tumultuous terrain of adolescence in today’s world.

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Everyday Heroism

Ryan Howes • 5/8/2017

Philip Zimbardo, the researcher famous for shining a light on our worst authoritarian impulses, has shifted the focus of his work.

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Feeling Anxious? A Longtime Researcher Weighs In

Ryan Howes • 3/13/2017

How can you keep on top of the proliferation of anxiety treatments today?

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Food and Mood: What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Nutrition

Ryan Howes • 11/3/2016

What therapists should know about nutrition and the food-mood connection. An interview with Joan Borysenko.

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Ryan Howes Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a psychologist, writer, musician, and clinical professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. He blogs "In Therapy" for Psychology Today.