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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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Desiring Change, but Clinging to the Familiar

David Burns on Turning Resistance into the Voice of Change

Rich Simon

We often desire change, especially when we find ourselves in difficult or unpleasant situations, but the compulsion to stay with what is familiar and comfortable creates resistance to that change.

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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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Mindfulness Therapy: Three Reasons it’s Revolutionizing the Psychotherapy Field

Why Meditation in the West Went from Being Relegated to Counterculture, to Becoming the Hallmark of Mindfulness Therapy

Ronald Siegel

Therapists of the '70s and '80s saw meditation as either a fading hippie pursuit or a nonvaluable relaxation method. On the other hand, meditation teachers typically viewed psychotherapy as a “lesser practice” that couldn’t liberate the mind like meditation.

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Can Compassion Be Trained?

Rich Simon

Even as mindfulness gains mainstream acceptance as a therapeutic tool, the definition of what mindfulness actually is remains in flux.

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The Trouble with Trying to Heal Trauma Too Fast

Rich Simon

Sometimes moving clients right into re-experiencing a traumatic event for cathartic effect works and clients feel some relief in the therapy hour. But according to Internal Family Systems developer Dick Schwartz, this type of therapy has costs.

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Does Neuroscience Really Matter?

Rich Simon

Given the responses that continue to come in to Steve Andreas’ critique of the therapeutic relevance of neuroscience, we asked two leaders in the development of more brain-based approaches to therapy to weigh in and further the discussion for State of the Art 2013.

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Bringing Stressed Clients Into The Present Moment

Elisha Goldstein On The “Mindful Check-In”

Rich Simon

When working one-on-one with clients, the first step in every session is to get them into the present moment so that they can truly focus on the work you’re doing together.

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Jon Kabat Zinn on the Gorilla in the Room

Rich Simon

Not so many years ago, few respectable therapists would have incorporated anything like “mindfulness” or a so-called “mind-body” approach into their practice. But today it’s an increasingly rare therapist who hasn’t at least considered bringing some form of a mind-body approach into his or her work.

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