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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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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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"Networker Live" with J.C. Hall

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

Psychotherapy Networker

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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Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Loss a Year Later

Margaret Wehrenberg

It’s critical for clinicians to recognize anniversary reactions. When clients describe their experiences as depression, we naturally think of solutions like prescribing medication, talking about relationships, or finding ways to raise energy and reframe negative thoughts. But those methods to lift mood won’t be productive when the suffering is mourning. Grief requires a different process than depression: reflecting on the loss, which is real and should be honored as significant.

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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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How Can White Therapists Support Asian American Clients?

Being a Good Clinician and Ally

Abigail Kira

Recent racial attacks have been perpetrated against people who look like me. I’m a female-presenting Asian American clinician, and many of my colleagues have been asking me the best way to support their Asian and Asian American clients. I wish I had a simple answer, but I don’t, and I don’t believe there is one.

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Conspiracy Theories in the Consulting Room

Speak Up, or Stay Quiet?

Psychotherapy Networker

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist who has been working with a client that has started expressing misinformed views rooted in conspiracy theories? Five clinicians weigh in.

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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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