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How Therapists Can Support Parents and Children Impacted by Mass Shootings

Dafna Lender

When senseless tragedy turns a child's world upside down, parents are looking for mental health support for the whole family.

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A Script for Male Dementia Caregivers

Helping a Husband Be More Than a 'Pillar of Strength'

Barry Jacobs

Many spousal dementia caregivers struggle emotionally watching their life partners slowly decline. But I also knew that male caregivers, especially spouses, tend to be stoical, avoiding expressions of negative feelings, and often declining other’s help.

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A Case for Family Therapy

Staying Vibrant in the Public Sector

Scott Browning and Melanie Puzio

Society deserves family therapy. Fortunately, administrators today recognize family therapy as an effective treatment option for “at risk” families in need of a higher level of care.

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Cutting the Cord

A Psychoanalytic Approach to Getting Unstuck

Jordan Dann

According to psychoanalysis, we all carry an imago—an image of our parents inside of us. But what do you do when the negative, traumatic, or unconscious aspects of that image end up directing your behavior?

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Dealing with Jealousy in Open Relationships

Finding Compersion

Tammy Nelson

Many people assume that an open relationship will cause jealousy in both partners. Historically, it has been assumed that pair-bonded individuals who are attached in a “healthy” way are sexually exclusive, and that exclusivity is an indicator of the success of their romantic pairing. Therefore, jealousy should be a hallmark of a successful relationship. Instead, research has found that some pair-bonded partners experience positive feelings instead of jealousy when they open their relationship

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COVID Trauma

The Invisible Pandemic

Judith Markey

What can we do in the face of our current crisis? There are no clear answers or easy fixes. As providers, we must endeavor to do what we teach our patients: in an out-of-control situation that we cannot change, we can only control how we respond to our own fear and trauma, and, for us therapists, that also means the secondary trauma we experience as a result of our work.

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Mental Health or Marxism?

Therapists on the Fight over Social Emotional Learning in Schools

Lauren Dockett

Social-emotional learning isn’t entirely new, but as more districts emphasize the curricula in the wake of COVID, confusion from parents appears to be on the rise. And in some communities, parents are doing much more than weighing this new reality: they’re staging entire revolts.

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The Grieving Therapist

Take a Break, or Keep Going?

Psychotherapy Networker

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist whose personal grief is so deep that she's finding it hard to stay present for clients? Six clinicians weigh in.

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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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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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