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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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The Pleasures of Time Distortion

A Lifetime of Change in One Long Weekend

Rich Simon

Let’s face it—no less than the clients we serve, therapists are largely creatures of habit. And like them, we can often find that our busy, stressful lives get too jam-packed and leave us little room for the spontaneous, unexpected, and exploratory.

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The Networker Symposium Experience

Don't Take Our Word for It: Ask Our Guests

Rich Simon

It's easy for us at Psychotherapy Networker headquarters to tell you about all the wonders and benefits that await you at our annual Symposium. But the best—and most unbiased—endorsement for the Symposium can only come from our attendees.

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Deliberate Practice: The First Step on the Path to Professional Excellence

One Team Finds that Deliberate Practice is the First Step to Becoming a Superior Therapist

Scott Miller, Mark Hubble, and Barry Duncan

How do the supershrinks do what they do? Are they made or born? Is it a matter of temperament or training? Have they discovered a secret unknown to other practicing clinicians, or are their superior results simply a fluke, more measurement error than reality?

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A Conference for People Who Hate Conferences

Networker Symposium 2014: Psychotherapy’s Most Celebrated Anti-Conference

Rich Simon

Genuine learning is conveyed via experience; something happening that resonates emotionally as well as intellectually, something that literally alters the wiring of our brains, changes the sense we have of ourselves, even changes us.

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Letting Emotion Out and In

Susan Johnson on the Value of Using Emotion in Couples Work

Rich Simon

Even strong emotions that are difficult to work with guide the therapy in the direction of what’s important. The key is knowing how to use them in a way that moves the therapy forward and leads to relationship repair.

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