Topic - Challenging Clients & Treatment Populations

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The Narcissistic Client

Four Ways to Break Through

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Whether it's vanity, a failure to take constructive criticism, mistreating family and friends, or lacking empathy for others, clients with narcissistic traits can be incredibly frustrating to work with. Here, four therapists offer their takes on making the work a little easier.

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Is There Meaning in Loss?

Helping Our Clients and Ourselves Navigate Grief Work

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Many grief specialists talk about helping clients finding meaning after loss. But often, loss feels meaningless. One therapist working with grieving clients isn't sure how to help them conceptualize loss or work through it. Here, five therapists offer advice, explaining how they do grief work—with themselves and their clients.

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My Biggest Challenge as a Therapist

The Hardest Things About Practice

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Therapy is hard work. But what are therapy’s biggest challenges, and how do therapists overcome them? Here, five therapists share the clinical challenge that tested them, frustrated them, continues to stump them, and made them the therapists they are today.

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Escaping the Rut of Regret

Five Creative Approaches to Letting Go

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A client has a lot of regret about past decisions he’s made, and although his therapist has talked with him about them at length, the client still can't seem to move on. Here, five therapists offer effective, creative ways of helping clients like these work with regret.

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"Networker Live" with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

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Networker content editor Meaghan Winter sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, pioneer of America's first mental health court and author of "A Court of Refuge." The pair discussed Lerner-Wren's activism, in addition to the concept of therapeutic justice, mental health care reform, and much, much more.

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My Client is Spinning Her Wheels

Five Clinicians Weigh In

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Week after week, a client’s sessions focus on her issues with her partner. Her therapist thinks couples therapy would be tremendously helpful, but the partner refuses to attend. The therapist worries her client is just spinning her wheels in individual therapy, since all she talks about are the changes she wants to see in her relationship, and isn't sure how to help her. Five therapists share how they'd proceed.

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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

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

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"Networker Live" with J.C. Hall

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

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This week, the Networker's assistant editor, Chris Lyford, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with hip hop artist and therapist, J.C. Hall.

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When Therapy Stalls Out

Five Tips for Getting Out of the Rut

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A therapist has been working with a client for eight years but fears that their progress has stalled. Five therapists weigh in on how to proceed.

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