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Esther Perel on Adapting to Uncertainty

And How Relationships Are Changing in a Pandemic

Rich Simon

There’s a profound change occurring in our relationship to space. In working remotely, it feels at times like we’re doing home visits. In video calls, we enter each other’s intimate spaces: kitchens and messy bedrooms. We’re not working from home—we’re working with home.

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David Burns on Overcoming Self-Criticism

A Pioneer of CBT on his Journey to “Feeling Great”

Meaghan Winter

David Burns's book, Feeling Good, brought the cognitive revolution to the public. In his new book, Feeling Great, he draws on decades of clinical work to present readers with what he calls, “cognitive therapy on steroids.”

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Asking Clients About Racial Stress and Trauma

How to Broach the Topic Appropriately

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, S. Kent Butler, Zachary Taylor

Talking to clients of color about race and experiences of racial trauma is critical. But many white clinicians struggle with how to open these discussions.

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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 Trauma Therapy Doing Enough for People of Color?

What is a therapist to do?

Mary Jo Barrett, Ra Frye

When it comes to addressing systemic racism and injustice, “therapy’s not enough,” says trauma expert Mary Jo Barrett. But that doesn’t mean therapists can’t be a part of the effort to create change.

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Love in Lockdown

Esther Perel Shares the Trends She's Been Seeing with Her Clients

Esther Perel

Couples therapist and bestselling author Esther Perel explains how life in quarantine is changing the dynamics of romantic relationships, and what this means for couples therapy.

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Strategies to Cope with Distance Learning

A Systems Approach for Parents and Children

Bahareh Sahebi and Mudita Rastogi

When kids are learning remotely, it can be tough on parents also working from home. Here's how a therapeutic approach that takes into account the larger systems and societal forces in a client’s life can help families get back on track.

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The Assaulted Sense of Self

Rethinking How We Talk about Race

Ken Hardy

Therapist and author Ken Hardy speaks on the toll that micro and macro assaults on dignity take on the lives of people of color, challenging therapists to think more deeply about how they've been racially socialized.

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Understanding Grief as an Antidote to Trauma

Gabor Maté on Making Sense of Troubling Times

Gabor Maté

These days, many of us are feeling increasingly anxious and upset. But how do we know whether we're experiencing trauma, or just grieving? And how can we support our clients during these difficult times? Gabor Maté offers an optimistic take.

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Making Talking About Race Your Work

A Therapist's Call to Action

Ken Hardy

Too many Black people are living in a wall-less prison, says therapist Ken Hardy, where they're constantly calibrating their lives based on the expectations of the white mainstream. Here, he makes a call to action: even if it’s not part of your job description, make allyship part of your life's work.

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