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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truth about human functioning that transcends culture and history, but when the culture changes, then the model becomes outdated.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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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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Copyright:
10/2/2015
Authors:
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
TAMMY NELSON, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MICHELE WEINER-DAVIS, MSW
 
PATRICIA PAPERNOW, EDD
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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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Navigating New Norms about Intimacy, Sexuality, Personal Freedom and the Purpose of Marriage
Copyright:
7/1/2015
Authors:
JOHN M. GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
JULIE GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
TAMMY NELSON, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MICHELE WEINER-DAVIS, MSW
 
SUZANNE IASENZA, PH.D.
 
STEVEN L JOHNSON, JD
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Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur
Copyright:
5/21/2015
Authors:
LESLIE KORN, PH.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
FREDERIC G. REAMER, PHD
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
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Rebranding Therapy for the Modern Day

Leaving the DSM Behind, Boosting Creativity, and Reinvigorating Your Clinical Work

William Doherty • 4/17/2015

Psychotherapy as we know it came out of the particular cultural milieu of the mid- to late-20th century. But the culture has moved on, and we haven’t adapted very well. As a result, we’re suffering the same fate as many other professions that have declined in their cultural support and public clout. Many of us are practicing in another century for another culture. It’s still unclear what we have to offer in a world that’s both hyperconnected and fragmented. What to do? Here’s a road map to a future of relevance.

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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.

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Confronting the Culture of the Busy Child in Therapy

The Epidemic of Overscheduling Our Children

William Doherty • 2/19/2015

In previous decades, we came to see sexism and racism as problems we could no longer ignore in our work. I have a nomination for the problem of this decade: for many kids, childhood is becoming a rat race of hyperscheduling, overbusyness, and loss of family time. The problem is all around us, but we haven't noticed how many of our children need daily planners to manage their schedules of soccer, hockey, piano, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, baseball, football, karate, gymnastics, dance, violin, band, craft clubs, foreign-language classes, academic-enrichment courses, and religious activities. Parents have become recreation directors on the family cruise ship.

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Does Couples Therapy Work? When Therapists Avoid These Mistakes, It Does.

Therapy Tools for the Novice Marriage Counselor

William Doherty • 11/13/2014

Couples sessions can be scenes of rapid escalation uncommon in individual therapy, and even in family therapy. Lose control over the process for 15 seconds and you can have a couple fighting with each other to the point where the argument dominates the rest of the session, each partner wondering why they're paying you to watch them mix it up.As in any sport or art form, there are beginners' mistakes. Here are a few of them.

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Copyright:
6/20/2018
Authors:
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
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Copyright:
10/2/2015
Authors:
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
TAMMY NELSON, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MICHELE WEINER-DAVIS, MSW
 
PATRICIA PAPERNOW, EDD
Product:
NRS001076
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$359.99 USD     $159.99
Navigating New Norms about Intimacy, Sexuality, Personal Freedom and the Purpose of Marriage
Copyright:
7/1/2015
Authors:
JOHN M. GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
JULIE GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
TAMMY NELSON, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MICHELE WEINER-DAVIS, MSW
 
SUZANNE IASENZA, PH.D.
 
STEVEN L JOHNSON, JD
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NRC095867
Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur
Copyright:
5/21/2015
Authors:
LESLIE KORN, PH.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
FREDERIC G. REAMER, PHD
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
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NRS001061
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$608.99 USD     $214.99
Copyright:
4/8/2013
Authors:
BARRY W MCCARTHY, PHD, ABPP
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
JAY LEBOW, PHD
 
JEROME PRICE, MA, LMFT, LMSW
 
LAURA MARKOWITZ, MA
 
ROB WATERS
 
MARIA ISSACS, PHD
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Copyright:
3/18/2013
Authors:
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
 
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
 
BETTY CARTER, MSW
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MOLLY LAYTON, PHD
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2/6/2013
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KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
 
JANET SASSON EDGETTE, PSYD, MPH
 
JEROME PRICE, MA, LMFT, LMSW
 
MATTHEW SELEKMAN, MSW, LCSW
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5/1/2012
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WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
 
STEVE ANDREAS, MA, NLP
 
CLIFTON MITCHELL, PH.D.
 
JAY EFRAN, PH.D.
 
ROB FAUBER, PHD
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New Ways to Work Effectively with Your Most Challenging Clients
Copyright:
1/1/2012
Authors:
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
WENDY T. BEHARY, MSW, LCSW
 
CLIFTON MITCHELL, PH.D.
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
 
JOYANNA SILBERG, PHD
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Is Therapy About Transformation, or Small Breakthroughs?

Learning to Separate Our Hopes for Our Clients from Their Goals for Themselves

William Doherty • 10/13/2020

By William Doherty - Are therapists more like shamans or family doctors? Explorers of human depths or more like Siri on your iPhone, just directing you from one place to another? I'm a skeptic about whether any clinical approach is good at getting clients consistently to the promised land of transformation. Maybe therapy is better understood as being about breakthroughs—small, medium, and large—rather than about transformation.

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VIDEO: Bill Doherty on Deepening Our Therapeutic Vision

The Importance of Cultivating a New Kind of Self

William Doherty • 9/25/2019

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.

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VIDEO: Becoming a "Citizen Therapist"

Working Beyond the Consulting Room

William Doherty • 8/7/2019

Most therapists would consider themselves agents of change for their clients. But can (and should) they become voices for change in the larger community? What about when it comes to weighing in on political matters? According to therapist Bill Doherty, clinicians have the capability—and sometimes a duty—to speak up.

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VIDEO: Is Therapy Really a Science?

...Or is It a Conversational Craft?

William Doherty • 6/26/2019

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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Psychotherapy's Role in the Wider World

The Case for a New Kind of Self

William Doherty • 6/21/2019

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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VIDEO: What Therapy and Surgery Have in Common

Crafting the Right Language for the Right Outcome

William Doherty • 5/21/2019

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 short 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 • 3/19/2019

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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Why We Shouldn't Be Neutral about Divorce

Divorced Couples Are Saying Something Important about Regret

William Doherty • 1/13/2019

By William Doherty - When I began my therapy practice, I was strictly neutral about divorce. It was the clients’ decision, not mine. 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 on Becoming a "Citizen Therapist"

How to Have a Conversation About Politics in Therapy

William Doherty • 12/1/2018

In the following clip from his Symposium Keynote address, William Doherty offers an expanded vision of therapy and explains why clinicians are uniquely suited to serving as “connectors and trust-builders” to address the stress and anxiety many clients—and therapists—are feeling in the current political climate.

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VIDEO: Addressing Political Stress in the Consulting Room

Reevaluating What's Appropriate to Discuss in Therapy

William Doherty • 11/17/2018

It's no surprise that, with all the political infighting going on, many people are anxious about the direction of our country. But is there room to discuss political matters with clients, or does this constitute an ethical breach? According to therapist Bill Doherty, clinicians are not only well-equipped to discuss politics, but sometimes have a duty to do so. In the following video clip from his 2017 Networker Symposium Keynote address, Doherty explains how to get the ball rolling.

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Therapy and Transformation

What Are We Promising Our Clients?

William Doherty • 1/8/2018

Decades ago, trainees in our field were imbued with the notion that therapy was about transformation: big, dramatic changes in the direction of self-actualization. Was this an overpromise? And now, when the average length of therapy in the United States is less than eight sessions, is it even desired by clients anymore, or necessary for successful therapy?

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Is There Hope for a Divided America?

Tales from the Better Angels Bus Tour

William Doherty • 11/9/2017

There’s a troubling trend toward viewing people who differ from us politically not just as uninformed or misguided, but as ill-motivated and dangerous. Through an organization called Better Angels, a couples therapist and an intrepid group of other concerned citizens embark on a bus tour to see what they can learn about shifting the standoff between Red and Blue America.

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The Courage to Connect

Highlights from the 2017 Symposium

Rich Simon, Brene Brown, Dan Siegel, Joan Borysenko, William Doherty • 5/8/2017

Year after year, therapists have come to the Networker Symposium expecting to escape the turbulence of everyday life and the real world. But this year, attendees came seeking something more—a renewed vision of what we stand for and what our role might be in a toxically polarized society. Here are some of the moments that captured the distinctive flavor of this year’s gathering.
  • The Search for Connection by Rich Simon 
  • The Physics of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
  • Therapy in the Age of Trump by William Doherty
  • Psychotherapy of the Heart by Joan Borysenko
  • The Science of Consciousness by Dan Siegel

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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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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.

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When Therapy Is Going Nowhere

Escaping the “Groundhog Day” Cycle

William Doherty • 5/1/2013

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.

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One Brick at a Time

Therapy is More Craft Than Art or Science

William Doherty • 9/1/2012

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.

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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, we need to address that ambivalence from the moment they arrive in our offices.


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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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William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. His books include Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships, with Steven Harris. He is cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.