From Liberated Self to Connected Self

A Therapist's Journey through Key Cultural Moments in Our Field's History

William Doherty • 3/9/2017

By William Doherty - What follows is my take on the last 40 years of psychotherapy, reflecting the attitudes common within my generation of therapists. But beyond describing my own experience, it’s an attempt to offer the perspective that time and reflection make possible about what I now see as the intimate relationship between what goes on within the seeming sanctuary of therapists’ offices and the hurly-burly of the wider culture.

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Psychotherapy's Role in the Wider World

Bill Doherty Makes the Case for a Connected/Committed Self

William Doherty • 1/9/2017

By William Doherty - At this time of fragmentation and division, therapists need to recognize that we’re in the glue business. We know something about helping people connect, about how to form a healthy “we” out of self and other. But first our society needs us to recover our conviction and passionate intensity as a profession, our belief that we have something to offer beyond symptom reduction.

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Psychotherapy's Pilgrimage

Shaping the Consciousness of Our Time

William Doherty • 1/1/2017

Despite what grad school textbooks may imply, therapy movements are more than a set of theories and techniques. They’re about what it means to be a human being at a particular time amid all the forces that shape a culture. Here, a therapist who entered the field at the same time the Networker made its debut brings to life 40 years of the key moments in psychotherapy’s unfolding, exploring both how the field was influenced by social changes and how the consciousness of our times—and our view of what it means to be a fully realized person—have been transformed by the intimate conversations that take place in our consulting rooms.

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Why We Shouldn't Be Neutral about Divorce

Divorced Couples Are Saying Something Important about Regret

William Doherty • 12/16/2016

By William Doherty - When I began my therapy practice, I was strictly neutral about divorce. It was the clients’ decision, not mine, and not much different from career choices and deciding whether to stay or leave a job. But eventually, I was propelled out of my denial about the seriousness of divorce. We have a hundred ways to ask “What would be right for you?” and hardly any to ask “What would be right for others in your life?”

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VIDEO: Bill Doherty Explains Why Therapy Isn't a Science...

...It's a Conversational Craft

William Doherty • 11/23/2016

What do the masters of truly good therapy have in common? According to couples therapist Bill Doherty, they know how to balance their desire to guide therapy with their ability to empathically listen. It's this quality that drives home the truth about therapy—at its heart, this work isn't a science. It's a craft.

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VIDEO: What Therapy and Surgery Have in Common

Bill Doherty on Crafting the Right Language for the Right Therapy Outcome

William Doherty • 9/30/2016

Choosing the right words to open and close therapy sessions is one of the most important skills a clinician can master. But very few of us were taught how to do it. In this video clip, Bill Doherty explains how to jump start therapy from the very first minute of the very first session.

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Therapy, the Conversational Craft

Strategies for Improving Your Therapeutic Conversation Skills

William Doherty • 9/8/2016

By Bill Doherty - In this era of medical necessity and evidence-based therapies, it's easy to lose sight of the basic truth that psychotherapy is a special form of conversation: we heal not through prescriptions and procedures, but through talking and listening. What if we think of therapy as a conversational craft that we hone over a career with our clients and with a community of conversational healers?

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VIDEO: Bill Doherty on Deepening Our Therapeutic Vision

The Necessity of Cultivating the Integrated, Relational, and Committed Self

William Doherty • 8/29/2016

In his dinner address at the 2016 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Bill Doherty offered his take on how psychotherapy can reassert its cultural relevance by deepening its vision of what constitutes a meaningful life in today's world. In this clip, he explains how therapists can do this by embracing what he calls the integrated, relational, and committed Self.

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Moving Therapy Forward When Stagnation Sets In

Strategies for Getting Off the Therapeutic Plateau

William Doherty • 6/7/2016

By William Doherty - Why do we get stuck in “Groundhog Day therapy”—cases in which we spin our wheels from session to session? Before lurching on to alternative treatment strategies, the key to progress is recognizing the need to shift the therapist–client relationship.

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New Choices for New Times

Giving Our Field a Boost

William Doherty • 2/23/2016

By William Doherty - Lately, psychotherapy seems to be suffering the same fate as many other professions that have declined in their cultural support and public clout. A big part of our problem is that our clinical models have assumed a level of universal truth about human functioning that transcends culture and history, but when the culture changes, then the model becomes outdated. What to do? Here’s a road map to a future of relevance.

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From Liberated Self to Connected Self

A Therapist's Journey through Key Cultural Moments in Our Field's History

William Doherty • 3/9/2017

By William Doherty - What follows is my take on the last 40 years of psychotherapy, reflecting the attitudes common within my generation of therapists. But beyond describing my own experience, it’s an attempt to offer the perspective that time and reflection make possible about what I now see as the intimate relationship between what goes on within the seeming sanctuary of therapists’ offices and the hurly-burly of the wider culture.

Daily Blog

Psychotherapy's Role in the Wider World

Bill Doherty Makes the Case for a Connected/Committed Self

William Doherty • 1/9/2017

By William Doherty - At this time of fragmentation and division, therapists need to recognize that we’re in the glue business. We know something about helping people connect, about how to form a healthy “we” out of self and other. But first our society needs us to recover our conviction and passionate intensity as a profession, our belief that we have something to offer beyond symptom reduction.

Daily Blog

Why We Shouldn't Be Neutral about Divorce

Divorced Couples Are Saying Something Important about Regret

William Doherty • 12/16/2016

By William Doherty - When I began my therapy practice, I was strictly neutral about divorce. It was the clients’ decision, not mine, and not much different from career choices and deciding whether to stay or leave a job. But eventually, I was propelled out of my denial about the seriousness of divorce. We have a hundred ways to ask “What would be right for you?” and hardly any to ask “What would be right for others in your life?”

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Bill Doherty Explains Why Therapy Isn't a Science...

...It's a Conversational Craft

William Doherty • 11/23/2016

What do the masters of truly good therapy have in common? According to couples therapist Bill Doherty, they know how to balance their desire to guide therapy with their ability to empathically listen. It's this quality that drives home the truth about therapy—at its heart, this work isn't a science. It's a craft.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: What Therapy and Surgery Have in Common

Bill Doherty on Crafting the Right Language for the Right Therapy Outcome

William Doherty • 9/30/2016

Choosing the right words to open and close therapy sessions is one of the most important skills a clinician can master. But very few of us were taught how to do it. In this video clip, Bill Doherty explains how to jump start therapy from the very first minute of the very first session.

Daily Blog

Therapy, the Conversational Craft

Strategies for Improving Your Therapeutic Conversation Skills

William Doherty • 9/8/2016

By Bill Doherty - In this era of medical necessity and evidence-based therapies, it's easy to lose sight of the basic truth that psychotherapy is a special form of conversation: we heal not through prescriptions and procedures, but through talking and listening. What if we think of therapy as a conversational craft that we hone over a career with our clients and with a community of conversational healers?

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Bill Doherty on Deepening Our Therapeutic Vision

The Necessity of Cultivating the Integrated, Relational, and Committed Self

William Doherty • 8/29/2016

In his dinner address at the 2016 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Bill Doherty offered his take on how psychotherapy can reassert its cultural relevance by deepening its vision of what constitutes a meaningful life in today's world. In this clip, he explains how therapists can do this by embracing what he calls the integrated, relational, and committed Self.

Daily Blog

Moving Therapy Forward When Stagnation Sets In

Strategies for Getting Off the Therapeutic Plateau

William Doherty • 6/7/2016

By William Doherty - Why do we get stuck in “Groundhog Day therapy”—cases in which we spin our wheels from session to session? Before lurching on to alternative treatment strategies, the key to progress is recognizing the need to shift the therapist–client relationship.

Daily Blog

New Choices for New Times

Giving Our Field a Boost

William Doherty • 2/23/2016

By William Doherty - Lately, psychotherapy seems to be suffering the same fate as many other professions that have declined in their cultural support and public clout. A big part of our problem is that our clinical models have assumed a level of universal truth about human functioning that transcends culture and history, but when the culture changes, then the model becomes outdated. What to do? Here’s a road map to a future of relevance.

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Why Therapists Should Give Clients' Marriage a Second Chance

William Doherty on the Merits of Discernment Counseling

William Doherty • 7/24/2015

This wish for a permanent mate isn’t surprising, given the perennial human longing to know that someone is there for us as we age, whatever happens---and that means there are no quick, guilt-free exits. Life is complicated, and divorce is sometimes necessary, but why not, in the words of poet Dylan Thomas, “rage, rage against the dying of the light,” instead of simply moving on because the current marital house would take too much work to restore and the one down the street looks better?

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Psychotherapy's Pilgrimage

Shaping the Consciousness of Our Time

William Doherty • 1/1/2017

Despite what grad school textbooks may imply, therapy movements are more than a set of theories and techniques. They’re about what it means to be a human being at a particular time amid all the forces that shape a culture. Here, a therapist who entered the field at the same time the Networker made its debut brings to life 40 years of the key moments in psychotherapy’s unfolding, exploring both how the field was influenced by social changes and how the consciousness of our times—and our view of what it means to be a fully realized person—have been transformed by the intimate conversations that take place in our consulting rooms.

Magazine Article

Reflections on the Divorce Revolution

Assessing Our Impact

William Doherty • 10/15/2015

When it comes to helping couples considering divorce, therapists have a hundred ways to ask “What’s right for you?” but often find themselves tongue-tied when it comes to asking “What’s right for the others in your life?” Is it possible to talk about interpersonal responsibility without shaming clients and driving them away?

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New Choices for New Times

William Doherty • 3/1/2015

To stay relevant in a changing world, we need to address the engagement styles of today’s prospective clients.

Magazine Article

When Therapy Is Going Nowhere

Escaping the “Groundhog Day” Cycle

William Doherty • 5/10/2013

Why do we get stuck in “Groundhog Day therapy”—cases in which we spin our wheels from session to session? Before lurching on to alternative treatment strategies, the key to progress is recognizing the need to shift the therapist–client relationship.

Magazine Article

Therapy As Craft

Healing Clients One Brick at a Time

William Doherty • 9/11/2012

In this era of medical necessity and evidence-based therapies, it’s easy to lose sight of a basic truth. We heal not through prescriptions and procedures, but through talking and listening.

Magazine Article

In Or Out?

Treating the Mixed-Agenda Couple

William Doherty • 11/1/2011

At least 30 percent of couples coming to therapy have fundamentally different agendas about whether to try to save the marriage. If we’re ever going to improve our success rates...


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Beyond the Consulting Room

Therapists as catalysts of social change

William Doherty • 11/1/2008

Too much is at stake these days for us to take refuge in our practices after the election. In such challenging times, therapists need to create for themselves a new professional role as agents of social change, not just critics of what isn't changing.

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Fixing Health Care

What Role Will Therapists Play?

William Doherty • 5/1/2007

The crisis in healthcare delivery presents therapists with a unique opportunity to help revamp the system and expand their practices.

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Finding the Right Lever

A primer for Changing the World

William Doherty • 11/1/2004

A veteran therapist offers lessons on how any therapist can get started in trying to make a difference in the wider world.

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Bad Couples Therapy

Betting Past the Myth of Therapist Neutrality

William Doherty • 11/1/2002

A dirty little secret in the therapy field is that couples therapy may be the hardest form of therapy, and most therapists aren't good at it. Of course, this wouldn't be a public health problem if most therapists stayed away from couples work, but they don't. Surveys indicate that about 80 percent of therapists in private practice do couples therapy.

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William Doherty is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. His books include Take Back Your Marriage and Family Therapy, with Susan McDaniel.