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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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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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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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“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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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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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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VIDEO: Addressing Climate Fears in Therapy

Moving Clients from Paralysis into Action

Lauren Dockett • 2/20/2019

In the following interview, ecotherapist Patricia Hasbach explains how practitioners can address the rise in eco-anxiety and depression.

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What Climate Change Could Mean for Therapists

Moving from Anxiety to Action

Lauren Dockett • 2/11/2019

By Lauren Dockett - In 2017, the American Psychological Association published a guide to the psychological impact of today’s grim environmental realities on clients and communities, and says therapists should expect to deal with increased levels of eco-anxiety, depression, fatalism, suicide, PTSD, and aggression as natural disasters increase. Their advice? Let clients acknowledge their sorrow and fears, and then help them find empowerment through action.

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VIDEO: Talking Race in Psychotherapy

Deran Young’s Call for Action

Lauren Dockett • 1/30/2019

Deran Young of Black Therapists Rock talks to Psychotherapy Networker’s Lauren Dockett about what the field can do to fight professional isolation and systemic racism within its ranks.

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VIDEO: The 3 Keys to Helping Clients Navigate Sexual Problems

You Don't Need to Be an Expert to Help Clients Get "Dumb and Happy"

Lauren Dockett • 1/23/2019

Sex and relationship therapist Stephen Snyder talks with Psychotherapy Networker's Lauren Dockett about three simple things to do when you find yourself becoming a client's "accidental sex therapist."

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Revisiting Masculinity in the Age of #MeToo

40 Years After Therapy's Feminist Corrective, More Clinicians Are Talking About Gender. Are You?

Lauren Dockett • 1/17/2019

By Lauren Dockett - We live in a time when gender identity has gained a new visibility under the banner of #MeToo. But therapists are struggling with how to actually address the highly charged issues it can raise in the therapy room. The goal this time is a more encompassing conversation about the way society genders and is gendered that has profound implications for both men and women.

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The Gladwell Phenomenon

Therapists Say Fellow Clinicians Can Take a Page from Malcom Gladwell's Approach to Marketing

Lauren Dockett • 1/3/2019

By Lauren Dockett - Even if you’re not one of the millions who’ve cracked his books, read his articles, or listened to his talks, you’re still probably aware of Malcolm Gladwell as someone who’s carved out a distinctive cultural niche. Therapists say fellow clinicians interested in reaching a wide readership can take a page from Gladwell’s practice for understanding the marketplace for ideas.

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Increasing Access to Mental Health Care for Seniors

What Therapists Can Do to Help

Lauren Dockett • 12/28/2018

By Lauren Dockett - American seniors suffer disproportionately from mental health issues and suicide. And many, these days, are having trouble getting the therapy they need through Medicare. Now, a bipartisan bill that could increase seniors’ mental health care options is being brought before Congress, and therapists can play a part in getting it passed.

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Supreme Testimony

What Christine Blasey Ford Could Mean for Survivors

Lauren Dockett • 9/28/2018

By Lauren Dockett - As trauma specialist Mary Jo Barrett explains, Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony has been empowering for many survivors of sexual assault. Will that change next week?

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VIDEO: Doing Therapy with MDMA

A Chat with Pioneer Marcela Ot'alora G.

Lauren Dockett • 9/19/2018

What's it like to be a therapist on the front lines of treating trauma with MDMA? Psychotherapist Marcela Ot'alora G., a principal investigator in psychedelic-assisted therapy trials, breaks down the work and explains how it could soon be an essential part of trauma treatment.

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Could Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Be the Next Big Thing?

One Woman's Story

Lauren Dockett • 9/15/2018

By Lauren Dockett - Could the insights psychedelic and empathogenic drugs bring—the sense of spiritual grounding and vaporized defenses—finally help trauma survivors and those suffering from common clinical issues turn their lives around? One woman shares why psychedelic-assisted therapy was "the most profound healing she ever experienced."

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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?

Magazine Article

Humility First

Avoiding Transcultural Overreach

Lauren Dockett • 3/17/2022

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

Magazine Article

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?

Magazine Article

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?

Magazine Article

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?

Magazine Article

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.

Magazine Article

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.