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The New Grief

Long, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Joseph Nowinski, Joseph Nowinski

The increasing ability of modern medicine to arrest or slow terminal illness means that never before has death been such an extended process for so many. But as a culture, we’re only just beginning to face the deep ambivalence that reality creates for both patient and family.

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Inside the Trauma Treatment Revolution

Learning to Move Beyond Talk

Janina Fisher

Neuroscience was brought into the field of trauma by the outspoken (and sometimes controversial) psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Ever since his work with the Veterans Administration in the 1970s put him on the path to studying trauma, he’d begun to challenge the conventional psychiatric framework of trauma treatment.

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The Missing Ingredient in Trauma Treatment

Bringing the Client’s World into the Treatment Room

Mary Jo Barrett

In the past few decades, we’ve made important strides in our ability to help overwhelmed and hopeless people overcome the stigma previously attached to trauma symptoms, learn new thinking and self-regulation skills, and even find a new sense of restored well-being. But then they go home, and far more often than we’d like, when they’re back in their daily lives with family, friends, and coworkers, they don’t do so well.

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The Evolution of Trauma Treatment

Confronting the Limits of Our Current Approaches

Rich Simon

Over the last 20 or 30 years, probably no other diagnosis has been more alluring to the therapy profession, more interesting to the general public, and more prone to evoking fervid discussion than trauma.

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What the PTSD Diagnosis Leaves Out

Broadening Our Understanding of Trauma

Mary Sykes Wylie

Back in the late 1970s, a motley crew of Vietnam War vets, sympathetic psychiatrists, antiwar activists, and church groups undertook a crusade to have a hastily assembled new diagnosis almost completely void of scientific research included in the DSM-III.

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How to Make Clients Feel Safe

Today's Video: Bringing Polyvagal Theory into Your Practice

Rich Simon

How can therapists acquire neuroscientific knowledge without becoming brain scientists themselves? Even more pressing, what real-life practical therapeutic implications, if any, can truly be drawn from neuroscience?

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When Victims Victimize Others

Finding Compassion for Clients Who Do Horrible Things

Noel Larson

It’s in working with deeply troubled, unattached people who victimize others that we can learn some fundamental lessons about trauma work and the possibility of transformation, even for those whose apparent cruelty and indifference to the suffering of others seems to take them beyond the reach of psychotherapy.

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Creating Antidote Experiences in Therapy

How to Turn Positive Mental States into Enduring Traits

Rich Simon

Rick Hanson challenges psychotherapy’s focus on all the pain, trauma, and suffering that are so endemic to our human species. His clinical premise is that we therapists are too drawn to exploring the deep muddy of whatever psychic mess clients bring in.

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Managing Transference and Countertransference in Somatic Therapy

Does Body-Oriented Therapy Increase the Risk of Transference and Countertransference Responses?

Mary Sykes Wylie

Therapeutic skeptics still cite the possibility of stirring up intense transference and countertransference responses as a compelling reason not to use more body-oriented approaches. But therapists who work somatically maintain that transference and countertransference are no more a problem for highly trained and skilled body psychotherapists than for well-trained talk therapists.

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Understanding Clients’ Hidden Challenges

Janina Fisher on When Deeply Buried Issues Stall Therapy

Rich Simon

It happens to the most perceptive of us—we begin working with a client believing that we have a good grasp of the problem they’ll be tackling in therapy, only to end up mired in a bog of unexpected issues that bring progress to a halt.

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