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Therapists Talk Gun Violence

Brainstorming Ways to Make a Difference

Lauren Dockett, Ron Taffel • 4/3/2018

By Ron Taffel and Lauren Dockett - Therapists are often at the center of cultural conversations around large-scale shootings. At the 2018 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, they came together to discuss ways to prevent further gun violence in their communities and schools. Here's what happened.

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The Case for Giving Your Client the Reins

Does the Therapist Really Know Best?

Lauren Dockett • 1/30/2018

By Lauren Dockett - Since the earliest days of mental health treatment, the person treating the sufferer has held the upper hand. But more clinicians seem willing to tumble off of their proverbial pedestal and enter into a more egalitarian relationship with their clients, and a growing body of evidence suggests it may pay off handsomely for both clients and clinicians.

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#MeTooManyTimes

How the Latest Movement Against Sexual Predation is Rattling Some Therapy Clients

Lauren Dockett • 1/27/2018

By Lauren Dockett - Many therapists who specialize in sexual abuse and trauma are reporting that the #MeToo movement and the ongoing accusations of sexual assault and harassment against powerful, public men are deeply affecting their clients.

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Who's Steering the Boat?

Navigating Therapy with Today's Clients

Lauren Dockett • 1/8/2018

Today’s clients are shifting out of their customary position of mannerly deference and asserting far more specifically what they want—and don’t want—from therapy. Increasingly, therapists are moving from the role of acknowledged expert in the room to something approaching an informed colleague. For some, it’s a sea change in professional identity, but a growing body of evidence suggests it pays off.

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Everywhere at Once

Esther Perel Is Becoming Therapy's Most Visible Presence

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon • 9/7/2017

By questioning some of the fundamental premises of traditional marriage, couples therapist Esther Perel has become, at least for the moment, psychotherapy’s public face and most quotable voice. But what is she saying that’s so intriguing and makes her stand out from all the other relationship experts our field produces?

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Loving Our Devices

When Does Attraction Turn Into Addiction?

Lauren Dockett • 7/23/2017

By Lauren Dockett - More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital devices.

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Loving Our Devices

When Does Attraction Turn into Addiction?

Lauren Dockett • 7/12/2017

More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital devices.

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Mental Health or Marxism?

Therapists on the Fight over Social Emotional Learning in Schools

Lauren Dockett • 12/17/2021

Social-emotional learning isn’t entirely new, but as more districts emphasize the curricula in the wake of COVID, confusion from parents appears to be on the rise. And in some communities, parents are doing much more than weighing this new reality: they’re staging entire revolts.

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“Everything Mike Touches Turns to Fun”

A Paean for Psychotherapy Networker’s Epic Sweetheart

Lauren Dockett • 3/29/2021

Funny and flagrantly caring in a way the muttering writers and editors around him can only marvel at, Mike’s long been the company’s warmest heart, always offering us a space to unload our worries and bathing us all in a glow that’s felt like the comfort of family.

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Confronting Inherited Trauma

My Journey into Family Constellations

Lauren Dockett • 8/21/2020

By Lauren Dockett - Many therapists know their way around family systems. But what if they could create three-dimensional experiences to help clients shed the pain of lingering traumas that can get passed down through generations? As research into the epigenetics of trauma develops, a reporter looks into an unusual approach to healing.

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The Addict in All of Us

An Interview with Gabor Maté

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon • 7/10/2020

By Lauren Dockett and Rich Simon - Over the years, physician Gabor Maté has challenged his audiences to stop asking “why the addiction?” and start asking “why the pain?” Here, he explains his view of how addictive patterns of behavior are rooted in alienation and emotional suffering.

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What We Need is Awe

Cultivating Wonder in a Time of Lockdown

Lauren Dockett • 4/23/2020

Feelings of awe can have strongly prosocial effects and provide us with an existential and lasting sense of calm. Building our capacity for awe could not only benefit us now in this state of shared crisis, but be a lasting gift of healing through all of life’s challenges. 

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Psychotherapy's Most Quotable Voice

What Makes Esther Perel Stand Out?

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon • 2/18/2020

By Lauren Dockett and Rich Simon - By questioning some of the fundamental premises of traditional marriage, couples therapist Esther Perel has become, at least for the moment, psychotherapy’s public face and most quotable voice. But what is she saying that’s so intriguing and makes her stand out from all the other relationship experts our field produces?

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Fully Present Sex

How Mindfulness Can Heighten Desire, Arousal, and Satisfaction

Lauren Dockett • 5/1/2019

By Lauren Dockett - When sex becomes fraught or painful, fear and worries can overtake this important source of pleasure. But clinicians and clients are embracing a nonmedical solution: mindfulness practices that cultivate sexual self-understanding, desire, and pleasure in the bedroom—and the effects are mind-blowing.

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The Bottom-Up Approach of Somatic Experiencing

A Close-Up Look at Peter Levine's Work with a Trauma Survivor

Lauren Dockett • 3/30/2019

By Lauren Dockett - Peter Levine is the originator of a form of body psychotherapy called Somatic Experiencing (SE), a captivating but sometimes puzzling approach. Instead of asking questions about events that might elicit pain, Levine focuses on the body, zeroing in meticulously on what’s happening in the moment. Here's how it unfolded with his patient, TJ.

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VIDEO: Using the Arts in Trauma Treatment

Expressive Art Therapist Cathy Malchiodi Weighs In

Cathy Malchiodi, Lauren Dockett • 3/27/2019

Psychotherapy Networker’s Lauren Dockett speaks with influential art and expressive art therapist Cathy Malchiodi about the broadening of her her field, how talk therapists can incorporate the arts to help clients connect and express, and why her work resonates so well with trauma clients.

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VIDEO: Can We Really Be Healthy at Any Size?

Judith Matz on Creating a Paradigm Shift Around Dieting and Weight Stigma

Lauren Dockett • 2/27/2019

Psychotherapy Networker’s Lauren Dockett speaks with Judith Matz about the paradigm shift she’s helped design around dieting and weight stigma.

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Free Play with Neurodivergent Kids

Insights from DIRFloortime

Lauren Dockett • 5/12/2022

Is there an alternative to applied behavioral analysis for children on the spectrum?

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Humility First

Avoiding Transcultural Overreach

Lauren Dockett • 3/17/2022

There’s no recipe book when it comes to working with another culture.

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Couples Therapy Around the World

Putting EFT to Work in Two Cultures

Lauren Dockett • 3/11/2022

With its Western focus on secure emotional bonds and demonstrative, healthy attachment in couples, how does Emotionally Focused Therapy fit into ancient and collectivist cultures?

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Access for All

Tackling Therapy’s Biggest Challenge

Lauren Dockett • 5/3/2021

Will screening peer counselors for empathy create an affordable, effective option for the tens of millions of Americans who can’t access therapy, or perhaps don’t want it?

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Families Under Pressure

Helping Relieve Today’s Parents & Kids

Lauren Dockett • 12/30/2020

The pandemic has created an emotional petri dish for kids and parents who are stuck in place, terribly stressed, and feeling alone. How are families supposed to survive—much less thrive—under these unprecedented, pressure-cooker conditions?

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The Agreement

Tackling a Teachable Moment on Race

Lauren Dockett • 8/26/2020

In the days after George Floyd’s murder, and amidst their work to address gang-related trauma and violence, a white therapist and her Black cofacilitator wrestle with the nuances of privilege and relationship.

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The Addict in All of Us

Gabor Maté's Unflinching Vision

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon • 7/10/2020

Canadian physician Gabor Maté believes that addictive behaviors are woven into the very fabric of our materialistic society.

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A Need for Speed?

How Therapists Can Meet a Growing Demand

Lauren Dockett • 3/5/2020

The push in popular culture to raise awareness about mental health means more and more people are seeking help. With resources limited, often where they’re needed most, some therapists are touting a range of ultrabrief therapies as crucial to expanding the field’s reach and impact. But can such short interventions really make a difference?

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Walk and Talk

Psychotherapy Takes a Stroll

Lauren Dockett • 10/28/2019

What if a park bench was your waiting room, and nature your co-therapist? A growing group of practitioners, who stroll with their clients not just every once in a while, but for most every session, see special benefits in conducting sessions outdoors.

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High Times in Therapy

Are We Ready to Talk Pot?

Lauren Dockett • 9/3/2019

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana, or both. But sizeable protests against legalization are emerging, often aided or helmed by psychiatrists concerned by the drug’s potential effects on young people.

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Lauren Dockett is Senior Writer for Psychotherapy Networker.