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Shedding Light on DSM-5

The View from the Trenches

Martha Teater

While the polemical debates over the new DSM have received widespread coverage, the reactions of ordinary clinicians have yet to receive much scrutiny.


How Conversation Sparks Therapeutic Change

The Search for the Unspoken Self

Ron Taffel

When we trust ourselves to follow the signals of life that the patient emits in seemingly casual conversation, we increase our chances of stepping outside the confines of our theoretical models to enjoy an unexpected encounter.



Wisdom in Psychotherapy

Can We Afford It?

Ronald Siegel

It wasn’t their research results or bestselling books that set apart Freud, Rogers, Minuchin, and Satir. They seemed to have a sense of what really mattered. Today have conceptions about clinical wisdom become obsolete?



Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

Cloe Madanes


What If We Could Prevent Mental Illness?

Today’s Video: David Mays on the Future of Biological Psychiatry

Rich Simon

Phenylketonuria is a disease that results in mental retardation. It’s an inability of the infant’s body to get rid of an amino acid called phenylalanine. If you’re born with a certain gene, you can’t get rid of it and end up with mental retardation. But according to psychiatrist David Mays, author of the Major Mental Illness Pocket Guide, the way we treat phenylketonuria may be the way of the future in treating a range of psychological disorders.


Breaking the Spell

7 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck

Steve Andreas

When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break the spell, broaden the vision, and open ourselves to possibilities outside the tunnel.



Examining DSM-5's Most Controversial Change

Today’s Video: Gary Greenberg on the Bereavement Exclusion

Rich Simon

“When DSM-III came out and the major depression diagnosis was created,” Gary tells us in this brief video clip, “it was immediately clear that many people who were recently bereaved were going to qualify for that diagnosis. So the question became, what should therapists do about that? And the answer, ultimately, was to create an exclusion—to say that if you’re within two months of bereavement, you don’t meet the criteria for major depressive disorder. You can’t be diagnosed. But this doesn’t make any sense at all.”


Matching Clients' Needs to Your Services

What Therapists Can Learn from Salespeople

Rich Simon

When clients call for a consultation or come in for a first appointment, there’s an underlying question, often unstated, that always shapes what happens: is there a good fit between what they’re looking for—relief from anxiety or depression, a way to resolve relationship conflicts, or perhaps some other issue—and what you have to offer?


Reinventing Your Life

Finding Self-Renewal in the Himalayas

Jeffrey Kottler

Who has time to change the world when we already have our hands full trying to make a living and get through the obstacle course of a normal work week? It's not impossible. I now spend several months each year working in remote regions of Nepal, helping lower-caste girls, who are at the greatest risk of being forced into early marriage or trafficked into sex slavery, by making it possible for them to attend school. It's when I'm here that I feel most alive, and at least for the few months after I return, I feel a new clarity and focus about what's most important.


How Do You Brand Yourself as a Therapist?

Learning What Campbell’s Soup and Dr. Phil Already Know

Rich Simon

To many of us, the thought of promoting ourselves and our practice seems crass, undignified, and, perhaps, a tad narcissistic. But before we throw our hands up, Joe Bavonese advises us take a breath and consider what branding really means.


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