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On Turning Pain into Power

An Interview with Dr. Shefali

Ryan Howes

The clinician and bestselling author discusses her new book and what it means to "alchemize" pain.

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A Simple Practice for Finding Light in the Dark

Helping Kids Remain Calm When the World Seems Scary

Susan Pollak

Given the wildfires, Covid variants, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes and periods of social unrest that abound these days, the world can feel like a scary place. Use this quick meditation to help find comfort during sleepless nights.

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To Interrupt Anxiety, Try Singing

An Interview with Margaret Wehrenberg

Meaghan Winter

Over the last year and a half, therapists have been pushed to the limit listening to clients worry, ruminate, grieve, and suffer in magnified ways. And we’ve all been suspended in similar uncertainty. Psychotherapy Networker talked with Margaret Wehrenberg, therapist and author of Pandemic Anxiety: Fear, Stress, and Loss in Traumatic Times, about how clinicians can help interrupt their clients’ anxious thought loops.

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The Pager Incident

From Therapeutic Stagnation to Growth

Daniela Gitlin

A decades-long therapeutic relationship shares some of the same elements as a marriage of similar length: the commitment to stay, the ups and downs, the intimacy, and the tendency to fall into the rut of assuming you know the other person. Keeping both fresh requires a strong bond, a willingness to be vulnerable, and most importantly, a willingness to learn from the consequences of your actions.

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Strengthening Personal Boundaries

The Bioenergetic Approach

Laurie Ure

The bioenergetic approach is a strong model for helping clients understand and assert boundaries, since it relies heavily on body-based interventions and movement to increase feeling, expand awareness, and promote overall health. When working with the body in therapy, clients often become more aware of the relational trauma they’ve suppressed.

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"Networker Live" with J.C. Hall

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

Psychotherapy Networker

This week, the Networker's assistant editor, Chris Lyford, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with hip hop artist and therapist, J.C. Hall.

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Becoming a Yoga Therapist

Joanne Spence on Trauma-Informed Practices

Meaghan Winter

Joanne Spence, a social worker turned yoga therapist and author of "Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists," talked to Psychotherapy Networker about how therapists of all kinds can incorporate yoga into their work treating trauma. Yoga can offer immediate relief, Spence says, and therapists don’t have to become yoga experts to use its practices to help their clients.

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Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Loss a Year Later

Margaret Wehrenberg

It’s critical for clinicians to recognize anniversary reactions. When clients describe their experiences as depression, we naturally think of solutions like prescribing medication, talking about relationships, or finding ways to raise energy and reframe negative thoughts. But those methods to lift mood won’t be productive when the suffering is mourning. Grief requires a different process than depression: reflecting on the loss, which is real and should be honored as significant.

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The Year of Canceled Plans

Coping with Loss as Disappointment

Margaret Wehrenberg

As all of us in the United States move into the coming months, a full year into COVID life, our personal losses will come into focus. If we don’t process them, they’ll be magnified. As therapists, we can be on the lookout for symptoms of anniversary reactions in our clients, and with our help, our clients can both recognize what they’ve lost and what they can still share with their friends and family.

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"Networker Live" with Frank Anderson

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

Psychotherapy Networker

The Networker's senior writer, Lauren Dockett, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with psychiatrist, therapist, and program consultant at the IFS Institute, Frank Anderson. They discussed parenting during a pandemic, using an IFS approach to talk with children, and much more.

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