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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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Close to Home

When the Problem You Treat Becomes Your Problem Too

Psychotherapy Networker

A couples therapist is going through an emotionally wrenching separation from their partner and finding it hard to treat clients. Five clinicians offer advice.

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Creating Safety for Couples

An Interview with Imago Relationship Therapy Pioneer Harville Hendrix

Zachary Taylor

Hendrix and Helen Hunt's new book, out this spring, lays out how clinicians can use Imago to help couples focus on what the authors call the space-between—clients’ unmet needs from childhood and their unfulfilled yearnings within their marriage.

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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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