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Forging Your Own Path

A Graduate Student’s Training Dilemma

Psychotherapy Networker

A graduate student has to pick a focus to train on, but is unsure of which to choose. Here, clinicians offer advice.

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The Pager Incident

From Therapeutic Stagnation to Growth

Daniela Gitlin

A decades-long therapeutic relationship shares some of the same elements as a marriage of similar length: the commitment to stay, the ups and downs, the intimacy, and the tendency to fall into the rut of assuming you know the other person. Keeping both fresh requires a strong bond, a willingness to be vulnerable, and most importantly, a willingness to learn from the consequences of your actions.

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Navigating the Rift

A Therapeutic Rupture and the Art of Repair

Psychotherapy Networker

After being insulted by a difficult client, this therapist doesn't know how to proceed. Here, seven clinicians weigh in.

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Can We Go Back?

A Therapist Contemplates a Return to the Office

Maggie Mulqueen

All of us, therapists and clients alike, have been forced to adapt to the reality of living in a pandemic. But as we catch our collective breath, we must confront the fact that the pandemic opened a Pandora’s box of questioning what once seemed non-negotiable.

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Becoming a Yoga Therapist

Joanne Spence on Trauma-Informed Practices

Meaghan Winter

Joanne Spence, a social worker turned yoga therapist and author of "Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists," talked to Psychotherapy Networker about how therapists of all kinds can incorporate yoga into their work treating trauma. Yoga can offer immediate relief, Spence says, and therapists don’t have to become yoga experts to use its practices to help their clients.

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Wisdom, or Yesterday’s News?

The Older Therapist in the Younger Practice

Psychotherapy Networker

An older therapist is beginning to feel insecure about their age and is considering whether to dive into new trainings or retire. Five clinicians offer advice.

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Therapy From the Podcast Studio

Lori Gottlieb and Guy Winch discuss “Dear Therapists”

Ryan Howes

The therapists and writers have teamed up to produce a podcast that addresses a listener’s problem, provides specific advice, and then checks in to see whether or not it helped—all the while trying to work together as a team and provide a unified response.

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Is Therapy About Transformation, or Small Breakthroughs?

Learning to Separate Our Hopes for Our Clients from Their Goals for Themselves

William Doherty

By William Doherty - Are therapists more like shamans or family doctors? Explorers of human depths or more like Siri on your iPhone, just directing you from one place to another? I'm a skeptic about whether any clinical approach is good at getting clients consistently to the promised land of transformation. Maybe therapy is better understood as being about breakthroughs—small, medium, and large—rather than about transformation.

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What Four Decades of Practice Has Taught Me

Janina Fisher’s Lessons for Every Beginning Therapist

Janina Fisher

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself as a beginning therapist, what would you say? Worry less? Train harder? Practice more self-care? Renowned trauma expert Janina Fisher shares the five things she wishes she’d known when she first began practicing.

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Living with Life's Uncertainties

Wisdom from Rick Hanson's Networker Symposium Keynote

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson describes how becoming more mindful of our body and thoughts, and the link between the two, can make us happier and less afraid of life's uncertainties.

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