March/April 2017

Editor's Note

March/April 2017

March/April 2017
In spite of what seems to be as many different therapy methods as stars in the sky, and in spite of reams of outcome studies, no empirically studied model appears to show any real advantage over any other. Does this mean we should all pack up our framed degrees, sell our therapy books, and go into real estate? Of course not. Therapy does work—often exceptionally well—but not as routinely or predictably as we’d like. Seasoned clinicians know that practicing therapy is always more than just following the technical rules they’ve been taught. Engaging a new client is a leap into the unknown, the beginning of an exploration into uncharted human geography.
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When Helping Doesn't Help

Why Some Clients May Not Want to Change

March/April 2017
Rather than just commiserating with clients’ misery, most therapists want to engage in more active forms of helping. So we try to persuade clients compassionately, gently, patiently—to make use of the various tools and techniques we know will work, if only they’d just try them. For some, this results in a quick recovery. But what about the clients who seem impervious to all our heartfelt efforts?
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Affair Repair

Lessons on Changing Directions

March/April 2017
Couples therapy can be difficult and dicey, especially when there’s an affair in the mix. To keep afloat in the emotional tumult, most therapists cling to certain hard-and-fast rules that form the foundation of their work. One therapist learns some surprising lessons when she reevaluates those tenets to find out what really helps her clients heal from infidelity.

How Psychotherapy Lost Its Magick

The Art of Healing in an Age of Science

March/April 2017
Studies show more people pay for the services of advisors claiming special powers than see mental health practitioners. How can mentalists and mediums be flourishing at a time when therapists—trained and sanctioned to care for people’s emotional well-being—are struggling to inspire confidence? In an effort to improve therapists’ efficacy, two researchers find themselves on an unexpected path.
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Adjusting the Unconscious

Making Quick Work of Lasting Change

March/April 2017
Some claim that much of psychotherapy is a pseudoscience, promising far more than it can deliver, with lengthy, expensive interventions for the common problems clients present. What if we could quickly bring about lasting therapeutic change by modifying a few, simple unconscious processes?

The Immigrant's Odyssey

Trauma, Loss, and the Promise of Healing

March/April 2017
Immigration is often a trauma that leaves indelible marks on those who’ve left behind family, cultural values, and status. Perhaps more than any other client population, immigrants need a therapeutic space to understand the inner transformation their continuing journey requires.

Clinician's Digest

Therapists Answer the Millennial Question

March/April 2017
Therapists respond to the increasingly popular notion that we have a Millennial crisis on our hands.

In Consultation

Speak Easy: Keeping It Real with Your Teen Clients

March/April 2017
How to keep it real with teenage clients.
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Case Study

Navigating the Bipolar Spectrum: Diagnosing Mood Disorders Requires Great Care

March/April 2017
Diagnosing and treating mood disorders can be tricky, especially when it comes to an often overlooked, subtle form of bipolar II.

Point of View

Feeling Anxious? A Longtime Researcher Weighs In

March/April 2017
How can you keep on top of the proliferation of anxiety treatments today?

Bookmarks

Hearing Voices: Eavesdropping on Our Inner Conversations

March/April 2017
The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves Making sense of the particular internal mix of words, conversation, music, and images that natter away at us nonstop.

Family Matters

Leaping for Joy: The Secret Lives of Children

March/April 2017
Recalling a time when kids were supposed to be out of the house—and their parents’ hair—as much as possible.
March/April 2017
Round Hole, Square Peg
If It Doesn't Fit, Don't Force It