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A Difficult Reconnection After Estrangement

Helping an Adult Child Heal

Psychotherapy Networker

A client who’s been estranged from his mother for 15 years recently told his therapist he wants to reconnect with her. The therapist isn't sure how to support him, since there's a history of abuse there. Here, five therapists weigh in.

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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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Healing the Mother–Daughter Connection

When "I'm Sorry" is Just the First Step

Harriet Lerner

Certain apologies are so courageous that the very word apology seems too glib. Letty’s story is one that falls on the heroic end of the apology spectrum. I believe it was the most stunning apology process I have ever witnessed.

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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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The Child Confidentiality Bind

How to Involve Families When Treating Teens

Laura Kastner

It’s a tall order to maintain a teen client’s privacy and build rapport with them when you’re including their parents in the mix. But having the right kind of confidentiality agreement in place can make this work a lot easier.

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Helping Parents in Stressful Times

Clinicians Weigh in on Pandemic Parenting

Psychotherapy Networker

A therapist has been working with a parent on implementing a kinder, gentler style of interaction with her boisterous kids, but the coronavirus is creating so much stress that she's reverted to doling out harsh punishments. Here, five clinicians offer practical guidance.

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When Teens Self-Harm: How to Effectively Involve Parents

Two Experts Weigh In

Victoria Kress, John Sommers-Flanagan

When working with a young client who's struggling with self-harm, how should clinicians navigate the practical, emotional, and ethical difficulties surrounding how to involve parents and caregivers?

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The Unlived Lives of Parents

A Mindful Exercise for Healing Old Wounds

Susan Pollak

Becoming a parent gives us a chance to grow by attending to old wounds, including many that we may have forgotten. The aim is not to deny our history, but to understand it and develop a new relationship with it, bringing self-compassion to ourselves in those moments when we lose it. Here's a seven-step process that can help.

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Strategies to Cope with Distance Learning

A Systems Approach for Parents and Children

Bahareh Sahebi and Mudita Rastogi

When kids are learning remotely, it can be tough on parents also working from home. Here's how a therapeutic approach that takes into account the larger systems and societal forces in a client’s life can help families get back on track.

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Helping Kids with School Refusal

A Polyvagal Approach

Mona Delahooke

What do you do when kids get anxious, afraid, or angry at the prospect of going to school? Pediatric psychologist Mona Delahooke explains how Polyvagal Theory can help us better understand why kids react this way, and come up with targeted interventions to address the root of the issue.

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