September/October 2017

Editor's Note

September/October 2017

September/October 2017
This issue doesn’t try to resolve all the myriad challenges of couples work. Instead, it opens up a conversation about the things couples therapists rarely talk about with clients or with each other, a conversation that we need to encourage if our profession is to keep its cultural relevance.
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Everywhere at Once

Esther Perel Is Becoming Therapy's Most Visible Presence

September/October 2017
By questioning some of the fundamental premises of traditional marriage, couples therapist Esther Perel has become, at least for the moment, psychotherapy’s public face and most quotable voice. But what is she saying that’s so intriguing and makes her stand out from all the other relationship experts our field produces?
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The Long Shadow of Patriarchy

Couples Therapy in the Age of Trump

September/October 2017
The election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of populism throughout the West were fueled by a renewed pull toward certain notions of traditional masculinity. Although therapists have remained largely silent about this revival of patriarchy in the culture, is neutrality really in the best interests of our clients?

The Science of Togetherness

Making Couples Therapy More Effective

September/October 2017
Despite all the intellectual excitement it generated, the hard truth is that, so far, the systems revolution hasn’t led to very effective ways of doing therapy. Fortunately, a second revolution is quietly taking shape—a new wave of systems theory and therapy—that marries the wisdom of clinical intuition with the rigors of scientific inquiry.

Daring to Play

The Challenge of Embracing Our Youngest Clients

September/October 2017
Although they make up nearly a quarter of the population, children are rarely a central part of therapists’ practices. Why? The most effective interventions are based in play, an approach that seems less sophisticated than purportedly deep and transformative adult-centered talk therapies. It’s time to give play therapy the fuller attention and expanded application that it deserves.
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Clinician's Digest

Ethics and the Rise of Text Therapy

September/October 2017
The rise of text therapy is raising ethical questions for its practitioners.

In Consultation

Got Game? How I Transitioned My Practice to Sport Psychology

September/October 2017
Becoming a sport psychologist requires throwing away much of the rule book for starting a more traditional practice.

Case Study

From Tough Love to Empathic Love: Teaching Parents to Earn Their Children’s Respect

September/October 2017
Helping families move past stalemates often means teaching parents to earn their children’s respect.

Point of View

The New Frontier in Trauma Treatment? The Promise of MDMA

September/October 2017
Using drugs like MDMA (aka Ecstasy) may be the new frontier of trauma treatment.

Bookmarks

How to Change Minds: Reasoning Will Get You Nowhere

September/October 2017
The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
When it comes to truly changing minds, reasoning will get you nowhere.

Family Matters

A Squeeze of the Hand: What Does a Son Owe His Mother?

September/October 2017
After a lifetime of conflict, a son faces the question of what he owes his mother.
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September/October 2017
The Future of Couplehood
Esther Perel Is Expanding the Conversation