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Case Study: When Couples Therapy Causes Emotional Pain

Coming to Terms with Inflicting Emotional Pain in Order to Provide Good Couples Therapy

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

We don’t become therapists to inflict emotional pain, but eventually we learn that sadness, anger, shock, and disillusionment can be part and parcel of therapy with couples in serious trouble. Good couples therapy sometimes hurts.

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Letting Emotion Out and In

Susan Johnson on the Value of Using Emotion in Couples Work

Rich Simon

Even strong emotions that are difficult to work with guide the therapy in the direction of what’s important. The key is knowing how to use them in a way that moves the therapy forward and leads to relationship repair.

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The Moments Therapists Don’t Usually Talk About

Following Up with State of the Art Presenters

Rich Simon

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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Case Study: Facing a Fear of Confrontation in Couples Therapy

When Couples Issues Hit Close to Home, Moving Forward Means Putting Aside the Fear of Confrontation

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

We frequently need to confront our clients, and putting aside a fear of confrontation—not to mention a fear of losing clients—means that we must risk the possibility of one partner, or perhaps both, becoming openly angry with us.

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Reaching Beyond Our Practices

State of the Art 2013 Isn’t Over Yet!

Rich Simon

Though psychotherapy is a relational field, it’s not uncommon for therapists to struggle with a sense of professional isolation. Faced with the difficulties of everyday practice, therapists can feel lost and alone when tackling challenges and unanswered questions about how to best meet their clients’ needs.

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The Ripple Effect of Dialogue

Experience the Ongoing Conversation of State of the Art 2013

Rich Simon

That’s what’s so revitalizing about the conversations that we have in tribe—through continuing education events and in communities of practice. Unlike everyday conversations, they are ongoing and communal in a way that layers key insights about the direction of our field.

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Moving Beyond the Brain

Dan Siegel on Why the Mind, More Than the Brain, Matters in Therapy

Rich Simon

As the language of neuroscience sinks deeper into the public consciousness, the brain has become a scapegoat for explaining the mysterious behaviors, moods, and impulses that drive everyday life.

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How To Talk About Sex With Men

Esther Perel Shows How Easy It Can Be

Rich Simon

A man’s sexuality is integral to everything he does, according to Esther Perel. It’s reflected in how he lives, how he approaches his work and recreation, and how he meets—or dodges—challenges.

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Male-Friendly Psychotherapy

How Brain Science Illuminates Gender Differences

Rich Simon

Pat Love provides a quick look at the kinds of cutting edge information with game-changing applications that can help make therapy more inviting for male clients

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Head-to-Head with Emotion

Susan Johnson on Why Labeling Clients’ Emotions Isn’t Enough

Rich Simon

Emotions can be tricky—once they enter the consulting room, it’s easy for both therapists and clients to become stuck in, overwhelmed by, and embattled with strong emotions.

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