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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Inheritance Within

Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors

Lauren Dockett • 5/6/2019

For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.

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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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Selling Clients on Consent

...And Creating a Space for Men in the Age of #MeToo

Lauren Dockett • 5/28/2018

By Lauren Dockett - Privately shaken and sometimes concerned about their own complicity, many men are now worried about how the #MeToo movement will deepen the gulf of understanding between them and the women in their lives. But much of the secrecy and shame around sex for men and women could be mitigated by embracing a practice of consent.

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VIDEO: Valeria Chuba on Male Sexuality in the Age of #MeToo

Is Male Sexuality Inherently Violent?

Lauren Dockett • 5/16/2018

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, men are reevaluating the way they approach courtship, relationships, gender roles, and love. Their therapists must switch gears as well. In the following video, Networker senior writer Lauren Dockett speaks with Valeria Chuba, clinical sexologist and certified intimacy coach, on how male sexuality is strongly connected to masculinity in our culture, and why male sexuality isn't inherently violent.

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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.

Magazine Article

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?

Magazine Article

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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The Inheritance Within

Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors

Lauren Dockett • 5/6/2019

For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.

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From Margin to Mainstream

Peter Levine’s Bottom-Up Approach to Healing

Lauren Dockett • 3/7/2019

Body psychotherapy, once shrouded in controversy, has gained growing acceptance in the wider field. So how do these popular bottom-up approaches actually work?

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The Masculinity Paradox

What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Man Today?

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon • 12/26/2018

The #MeToo movement has returned the field to many of the issues feminists raised decades ago. This time, however, there’s a new focus on avoiding us-versus-them thinking and exploring the great terra incognita of couples work—the inner world of men and their vulnerability. *Includes an interview with Esther Perel.

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Clinician's Digest

The Rise of Eco-Anxiety

Lauren Dockett • 12/26/2018

Dire climate reports and grim environmental realities are generating a new kind of eco-anxiety. What can therapists do?

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The Man Who Became an Adjective

No One Writes about Psychology Like Malcolm Gladwell

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon • 11/9/2018

No one writes about psychology with more irresistible readability—and book sales—than 2019 Symposium featured speaker Malcolm Gladwell.

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Lauren Dockett is Senior Writer for Psychotherapy Networker.