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When Stagnation Sets In

Getting Off the Therapeutic Plateau

William Doherty • 10/17/2018 • 1 Comment

By William Doherty - 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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Are You Suffering from "Nightblindness"?

Curing Our Culture of Insomnia

Rubin Naiman • 9/27/2018 • 1 Comment

By Rubin Naiman - Traditionally, sleep and darkness have had positive connotations. Yet many of us don't go gently into the night: we knock ourselves out with alcohol, sleeping pills, or sheer exhaustion. Our widespread fear of and disregard for darkness may be the most critical, overlooked factor in the contemporary epidemic of sleep disorders.

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Approaching Alzheimer's Proactively

What Therapists Can Do to Lessen Its Impact

Robert Hill • 9/13/2018 • No Comments

By Robert Hill - Since our population is aging, memory decline is something older clients are increasingly bringing to therapists. We have to help these clients understand that memory is like any other bodily ability: it shows the signs of natural aging. And while no pill can restore memory to its youthful proficiency, people actually have more control over memory loss than they think.

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Struggling with Our Clinical Choices

Do Any of Really Know What's Right?

David Treadway • 8/23/2018 • 9 Comments

By David Treadway - How do any of us therapists know what’s good enough in the unfolding of people’s lives? I know I practice an often intuitive craft, not an exact and predictable science. The truth is that all too often, like most practitioners, I can never be quite sure how much difference my bit part plays in the unfolding drama of clients' lives.

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The Art of "Selling" Therapy

Six Steps for Winning Over New Clients

Robert Taibbi • 8/17/2018 • 1 Comment

By Robert Taibbi - However we may resist the idea, we’re in the therapy business, and the reality is that our initial contact with clients represents the same challenge faced by salespeople seeking to turn shoppers into satisfied customers. Our job isn’t to make people buy things they don’t need, but to assess people’s needs and show them the match with what they have to offer.

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Making Partners Therapists for Each Other

In a Good Relationship, Your Problems Aren't Yours Alone

Ellen Wachtel • 8/10/2018 • No Comments

By Ellen Wachtel - In couples therapy, if we can help each partner be a better therapist for the other, all three of us can feel more helpful and effective. My favorite way is to start by using a particular exercise to provide a window into each partner’s psyche.

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VIDEO: Why Not All Mental Health Problems Are Psychological

Minding the Body Means More Than Just Taking a Pill

Robert Hedaya • 8/8/2018 • 2 Comments

Most therapists recognize that physiological processes hugely influence emotion and behavior. But according to psychiatrist Robert Hedaya, too many tend to practice as if treatment should focus entirely on the mind. A comprehensive physiological evaluation is needed, he says, before determining that a medication trial is appropriate.

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Judith Beck on the CBT Approach to Depression

...And Her Response to Therapists Who Think It's Too Structured and Restrictive

Judith Beck • 8/3/2018 • No Comments

By Judith Beck - In the following interview with CBT pioneer Judith Beck, she explains the basics of the cognitive therapy approach to depression, including its step-by-step process, why homework is so important, and how good CBT therapists confront the possibility of relapse from the very first session.

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VIDEO: Why We Need to Talk with Psychiatrists

How Being “On Call” Keeps Kids from Falling through the Cracks

Ron Taffel • 8/1/2018 • 1 Comment

According to therapist Ron Taffel, author of Breaking Through to Teens, kids who need the extra boost from medication need their therapists to go the extra mile and communicate often with prescribers.

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Partnership within Therapy

How a Coaching Approach Can Promote Faster Change

Lynn Grodzki • 7/23/2018 • No Comments

By Lynn Grodzki - In my early training as a psychodynamic therapist and a social worker, I was taught that my primary role was to follow, not lead. But I've since learned that working “close in” with clients can grease the wheels of motivation, helping them take action faster, and with more behavioral compliance.

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