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Losing Focus as a Therapist

Mary Jo Barrett on Being Better Attuned to Clients

Rich Simon • 1 Comment

We know that our primary initial responsibility as a therapist is to listen intently to what the client says, giving them our undivided attention. But being only human, there are times when we get distracted and are no longer focused on what the client is telling us.


Bullying in Schools: What to Do When Officials Can’t Help

As Parents Become Frustrated with Officials Who Can’t Help with Bullying in Schools, They Turn to Another Source

Ron Taffel • 9 Comments

Almost nothing evokes more fear and dread in parents today than the omnipresent specter of social cruelty and bullying in schools.


Three Steps to Diversify Your Practice

Casey Truffo on Smart and Effective Practice Building

Rich Simon • No Comments

Falling into the groove of running an established and successful-enough private practice can lull therapists into a false sense of security.


Raising the Issue of Race in Therapy

Finding the Connection between Personal and Cultural Struggles

Marlene Watson • 1 Comment

The black shadow is a mostly unconscious, deep-seated belief in the myth of black inferiority. A term I coined myself, the black shadow serves to encapsulate the dysfunctional racist belief, promulgated in America since times of slavery and internalized in African Americans, that blacks are less worthy than whites.


From Good Person to Ethical Professional

Mitch Handelsman on the Effectiveness of Ethics Acculturation

Rich Simon • 6 Comments

There’s a big difference between being a generally nice person with good intentions and an ethical professional. So how do we bridge that gap?


Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy and Panic Attack Treatment

One of the Guiding Principles of Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy Illustrated in a Client’s Panic Attack Treatment.

Bruce Ecker • 4 Comments

“Symptom coherence” is how we refer to the view that there always exists a well-defined, cogent set of personal themes and purposes that necessitate a symptom. The moment there no longer exists any purpose requiring a symptom, the person stops producing it. This view informed the development of a clinical methodology called Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy.


The Question Every Therapist’s Website Should Answer

Joe Bavonese on Getting—and Keeping—Potential Clients’ Attention on the Web

Rich Simon • No Comments

Simply having a website is only the first step in attracting new clients; you need to make sure they actually stick around to set up their first consultation.


Exploring the Consciousness of Our Daily Habits

Falling Under the Trance of Routine

Fred Wistow • No Comments

If a habit is a way of acting that, unconsciously and often compulsively, becomes fixed through repetition, then a mode of behavior that’s followed regularly and usually through choice might be termed a "practice."


To Self-Disclose, or Not to Self-Disclose?

Ken Hardy on Why Not Self-Disclosing Can Hurt Therapy

Rich Simon • 1 Comment

Long held under a shroud of formality for various ethical reasons, psychotherapy has had some growing pains in trying to adjust and adapt to the new laid-back way of life.


The Moments Therapists Don’t Usually Talk About

Following Up with State of the Art Presenters

Rich Simon • No Comments

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all regularly have our moments of being caught off guard, feeling ineffective, and being filled with more questions than answers.


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