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Working with Conflict-Avoidant Men

A Three-Part Approach to Defusing Shame

Sara Schwarzbaum

I’ve spent a long time doing therapy with conflict-avoidant men. Working with them isn’t always easy, but I’ve developed a three-part road map that’s helped me expedite what can often be a lengthy and difficult process. This is the story of a particular couple that fundamentally shaped my approach.

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Five Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

. . . And the One Question You Should Always Ask Your Clients

Psychotherapy Networker

Therapists are continuously honing their craft. Much of what we learn through trial and error, and hours upon hours sitting across from clients, we were never taught in grad school. So we asked some seasoned therapists to pass on the lessons they wish someone had told them when they were first starting out.

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The Dance of Healthy Connection

Sue Johnson on EFT and Attachment Theory

Susan Johnson

What does Attachment Theory tell us? That emotion is the most powerful force in the therapy room, says couples therapist Sue Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Here, she explains how to establish a safe, supportive connection with the client and facilitate that same connection between partners in treatment.

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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Psychotherapy Networker

Most clinicians need a mentor: someone who takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist. The five clinicians whose stories you’re about to read all agree on one thing: seeing how their mentors practice left an indelible mark on their personal and professional development that still resonates today.

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Selfcarefully

Self-Care Shifts toward Authenticity

Gracy Obuchowicz

In my years of working with myself and my clients around self-care, I’ve learned that there is no such thing as perfect self-care. Instead, I’ve found authentic self-care, which is anything but perfect.

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Helping Kids with School Refusal

A Polyvagal Approach

Mona Delahooke

What do you do when kids get anxious, afraid, or angry at the prospect of going to school? Pediatric psychologist Mona Delahooke explains how Polyvagal Theory can help us better understand why kids react this way, and come up with targeted interventions to address the root of the issue.

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Irvin Yalom on the Possibilities of Aging

The Rewards and Challenges of Being an Older Therapist

Irvin Yalom

By Irvin Yalom - As each of us grows older, we can try to embrace the full possibilities of aging, even alongside its challenges. In the following interview, iconic existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom traces how his quality of presence with clients has changed over time.

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The Brené Brown Approach to Being Enough

The Power of Embracing Vulnerability

Mary Sykes Wylie

A pervasive sense of shame makes many of us feel unworthy of human connection. Why the shame? Because in this perfectionistic culture, most of us believe we’re “not good enough." Professor and acclaimed TED speaker Brené Brown says that some people have escaped the shame trap. How? They let themselves be vulnerable.

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Moving from Passive Allyship to Action

Three Things Therapists Can Do Right Now

Lambers Fisher, Deran Young, Amber Flynn

The recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality have left many therapists wondering what they can do to be active forces for change in the therapy room and beyond. Four mental health professionals discuss where to begin.

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The Addict in All of Us

An Interview with Gabor Maté

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon

By Lauren Dockett and Rich Simon - Over the years, physician Gabor Maté has challenged his audiences to stop asking “why the addiction?” and start asking “why the pain?” Here, he explains his view of how addictive patterns of behavior are rooted in alienation and emotional suffering.

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