May/June 2021

Editor's Note

May/June 2021
I’m inspired by the courage of the therapists featured in this issue, who are stretching beyond their customary professional roles to apply their clinical skills in new ways. It takes commitment, an adventurous spirit, and often it’s a juggling act. But their common goal—and their passion—is to expand access to those too often shut out of the mental health system.
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Facing the Waves

Therapy in the Surf Circle

May/June 2021
Learning to surf requires awareness, focus, and flexibility—perhaps the most essential qualities for navigating the complexities of life. For some young clients, the ocean is proving to be a powerful co-therapist.

Community Wisdom

Walking in Balance with Indigenous Cultures

May/June 2021
In working with an Indigenous community, a therapist learns the importance of walking with his clients, not out in front of them.
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Access for All

Tackling Therapy’s Biggest Challenge

May/June 2021
Will screening peer counselors for empathy create an affordable, effective option for the tens of millions of Americans who can’t access therapy, or perhaps don’t want it?

Therapeutic Skills in the Workplace

Confronting Racial Wounds

May/June 2021
Just like families, coworkers often need help talking honestly and listening deeply, especially when it comes to issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion. How can therapists help?

Courts of Dignity

Replacing Punishment with Compassion

May/June 2021
A movement to integrate trauma-informed care into our justice system aims to decriminalize mental illness and address a foundational cause of mass incarceration.
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Hip Hop Therapy

The Healing Power of Giving Kids the Mic

May/June 2021
The process of creating beats and lyrics is rooted in therapeutic practices. At one South Bronx high school, a school social worker has traded the therapy room for the music studio.
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Loving Ourselves into Safety

Resilience and Strength in Perilous Times

May/June 2021
A cancer diagnosis, while devastating, can be a powerful teacher. Through the fear and anxiety, we can discover how to reliably calm ourselves and ask for support.

The Therapy Beat

Psychedelic Therapy and Racial Trauma: Offering Clients a Deeper Experience of Healing

May/June 2021
Can psychedelic therapy offer a faster, deeper way to heal the intergenerational effects of racial injustice?

In Consultation

Gender-Affirmative Therapy for Kids: What Parents Need to Know

May/June 2021
Supporting transgender children doesn’t always mean rushing toward medical intervention.

Case Study

Evoking the Inner Artist: How to Replace Discomfort with Creativity

May/June 2021
Vulnerability, doubt, fear, and uncertainty—feelings most people try to avoid—are essential to cultivating creativity.

Point of View

Casting a Wider Therapeutic Net: Dr. Joy on Therapy for Black Girls

May/June 2021
The founder of a rapidly growing online community helps young Black women candidly discuss and destigmatize mental health issues.

Bookmarks

The Anthropocene Dilemma: Can We Save Ourselves from Ecological Despair?

May/June 2021
It’s a truism that climate change has become an existential crisis. Can a new book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist help mitigate ecological despair?

Family Matters

Relearning Parenthood: When Children Reach Adulthood, What Then?

May/June 2021
When our kids no longer need us to be problem solvers, what do we become?

Practice Tools - May June 2021

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May/June 2021
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May/June 2021
The Listeners
Taking Therapy to New Places