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Where Do You Want to Take Your Clients?

Courtney Armstrong on Approaching Sessions from a New Angle

Rich Simon

The natural instinct for most therapists is to try to connect with clients, making them feel heard and understood as they share their deepest problems and emotions. But what if we approached the healing process from a different angle?

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Dealing with Dishonesty in Couples Therapy

David Schnarch on Not Taking Lying Personally

Rich Simon

Dealing with dishonest clients can be frustrating no matter what type of services you're offering, but in couples therapy, it can be even more infuriating; not only is the client lying to you and to themselves, but they're lying to—and risking damaging their relationship with—their partner.

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Psychotherapy and the Affordable Care Act

Changes You Can Expect

Tori Rodriguez

Now that the worst computer issues have begun to be addressed, more attention has turned to anticipating the Affordable Care Act's actual impact on the delivery of healthcare, including the mental health services, which comprise one of the 10 essential health benefits payers must cover under the act.

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The Inevitability of Challenging Clients

Janina Fisher on Seeing the Cracks in the Foundation

Rich Simon

After working as a therapist for a number of years, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking there's no case that's too difficult for you to handle. But, inevitably, we all eventually face a client who challenges us.

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In Search of the Therapeutic Breakthrough

Bruce Ecker on Finding the Underlying Reasons for Detrimental Behaviors

Rich Simon

The therapeutic breakthrough—it’s a moment that leads to deep, lasting change for a client. But is there an identifiable process that leads to breakthrough?

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Emotional First Aid for Everyday Issues

An Interview with Guy Winch

Ryan Howes

Everyone knows that a twisted ankle requires elevation and a bag of frozen peas. Minor cuts and scrapes get bandages and Neosporin ointment. Colds get chicken soup, cough drops, and tissues. But what’s the common remedy for rejection, rumination, or low self-esteem?

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When "One-Size-Fits-All" Doesn't Measure Up

Courtney Armstrong on Creatively Connecting

Rich Simon

Even with all the school and professional training we undergo as therapists, it's impossible to be completely prepared for every situation we may encounter in the consulting room.

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The Therapist as Improv Actor?

Ann Randolph on Using Acting to Access Emotions

Rich Simon

Besides obvious techniques to open the mind and simply have fun, the creative arts can teach us new ways to motivate stuck clients and better attune to the emotions that arise in the consulting room.

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The Beige Era of Psychotherapy

Whatever Happened to Creativity?

Rich Simon

Once upon a time, psychotherapy was a field filled with charismatic and taboo-breaking innovators, whose live and taped sessions were a form of thrilling performance art that made traditional approaches seem slow and stuffy enough to bore both clients and therapists to death.

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How To Follow Clients’ Subtle Clues To Deep Healing Places

Diana Fosha Shares an Example from Her Own Work

Rich Simon

The shadow of a smile in the midst of tears, a momentary crinkle of the eyes in the wake of anger—hints of vitality such as these can be powerful clues to essential truths that a client may be totally unaware of.

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