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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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Three Myths About Domestic Violence

…And How Social Media is Changing the Way Clients Think About It

Kaytee Gillis

If more of your clients are bringing up the subject of domestic and intimate partner violence, you’re not alone. Increasing media coverage and discussions about domestic violence on social media is opening the door. Before talking to your own clients about domestic and intimate partner violence, here are three myths you should know about.

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Wartime Trauma Treatment

Reflections from a Therapist Treating Ukrainian Survivors

Elaine Miller-Karas

A therapist specializing in trauma treatment in the wake of human-made and natural disasters shares what she's seeing in her work with survivors of the war in Ukraine.

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The Five-Minute Meditation

Finding Compassion and Kindness During Tough Times

Susan Pollak

I’ve been finding a particular short meditation practice helpful in supporting my clients during this period of sadness, loss, and exhaustion. It’s more gentle than many traditional breath practices of meditation, which can be difficult for people to do, even during good times. Here's how it works.

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Addressing Racism in the Therapy Room

Ten Ways You Can Be an Ally

Jonathon Carrington

Everyone deserves a space where they’re fully seen and heard, so it’s critical that therapists who don’t identify as people of color are knowledgeable, empathetic, and compassionate when addressing race, racism, and identity in the consulting room. Here’s a ten-point framework for developing greater cultural competency.

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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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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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To Interrupt Anxiety, Try Singing

An Interview with Margaret Wehrenberg

Meaghan Winter

Over the last year and a half, therapists have been pushed to the limit listening to clients worry, ruminate, grieve, and suffer in magnified ways. And we’ve all been suspended in similar uncertainty. Psychotherapy Networker talked with Margaret Wehrenberg, therapist and author of Pandemic Anxiety: Fear, Stress, and Loss in Traumatic Times, about how clinicians can help interrupt their clients’ anxious thought loops.

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Strengthening Personal Boundaries

The Bioenergetic Approach

Laurie Ure

The bioenergetic approach is a strong model for helping clients understand and assert boundaries, since it relies heavily on body-based interventions and movement to increase feeling, expand awareness, and promote overall health. When working with the body in therapy, clients often become more aware of the relational trauma they’ve suppressed.

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Sex Post-Covid

Healing the Rifts

Tammy Nelson

Lockdown provoked a wide range of emotions among partnered people, including an increase in anxiety, fear, loneliness, boredom and frustration. It’s been hard on almost everyone. For one throuple, it provided a turning point.

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