November/December 2016

Editor's Note

November/December 2016
In this issue, our contributors reveal, in ways that were all quite stunning to me, the magnitude and vast social implications—for us and our profession—of the dizzyingly new psycho-digital world we’re entering, including the expanding universe of mental health apps for every conceivable presenting problem.
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Left to Our Own Devices

Sorting Through The Bewildering World Of Therapeutic Apps

November/December 2016
Mobile apps offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, OCD, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. In some cases, they’re even being marketed as actual providers of therapy, or at least therapy-like help. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, what do therapists need to know?
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The Empathy Gap

Digital Culture Needs What Talk Therapy Offers

November/December 2016
Conditioned by the experience of life on the screen, clients today find it harder to concentrate on face-to-face conversation. They may not even see its value, feeling more comfortable with the self they can present through their digital devices. More than ever, the mores of therapy—the value therapy places on being with, forming an empathic bond, and the quiet attention necessary to do this—has become a crucial cultural corrective.
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Is VR a Game Changer?

Virtual Reality in Therapy

November/December 2016
To date, virtual reality’s most visible therapeutic role has been in the treatment of phobias and other conditions where it’s served as an adjunct to imaginary and in-vivo modalities. However, newer applications have started to move beyond the idea of altering our sense of place to emphasize altering our very sense of self. So what will that mean for our field?

Caught in a Web

A World Where Life Is Always Elsewhere

November/December 2016
Every day, every moment, we must wade through the flood of incoming alerts and emails urgently demanding our time and attention, all the while knowing that there’s an infinite ocean of stuff online that waits for us at all hours to stick our toe in so that it may then slowly begin to swallow us up . . . until we drown.

Apologizing Under Fire

How to Handle Big-Time Criticism

November/December 2016
It’s difficult enough to offer an apology when we see the need for it and believe it’s the right thing to do. It’s far more difficult when we’re confronted with criticism we didn’t see coming, and that we don’t believe is fair.

Clinician's Digest

Trigger Warnings: Compassion or Coddling?

November/December 2016
Therapists wade into the controversy about trigger warnings for potentially disturbing college course material.

In Consultation

Responding to Extreme Trauma Symptoms: How Neuroscience Can Help

November/December 2016
How an understanding of the brain can inform our trauma interventions.

Case Study

Bullying Reconsidered: Helping Children Help Each Other

November/December 2016
While research indicates that most anti-bullying projects don’t work, a disarmingly simple approach has shown promising results. * Commentary by Signe Whitson
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Point of View

Food and Mood: What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Nutrition

November/December 2016
What therapists should know about nutrition and the food-mood connection. An interview with Joan Borysenko.

Bookmarks

When the Rules Change: Learning to Learn from Your Children

November/December 2016
There’s a crucial point in the parenting life cycle that’s not often discussed in the literature.

Family Matters

Intimate Enemies

November/December 2016
A stepson reconsiders a long-held resentment.
November/December 2016
The Next Big Thing
Psychotherapy and the Virtual Revolution
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