July/August 2022

Editor's Note

July/August 2022
Let’s face it: we live in a move-on culture. Sure, the notion of a quick fix is comforting, but as therapists know, it’s not the norm. Nowhere is this more evident than in the human experience of grief, which involves a complex and shifting set of emotions, with plenty of individual nuance. Given the DSM’s new addition of prolonged grief disorder, our authors talk candidly about their own experiences, both as therapists working with grieving clients and as people who have suffered enormous losses themselves.
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Is Prolonged Grief a Disorder?

Exploring the New DSM Diagnosis

July/August 2022
According to grief experts, does a new diagnosis in the DSM pathologize a critical component of the human experience?
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Attachment Grief

Living with the Loss of a Child

July/August 2022
For someone who has survived the death of their child, describing grief as a journey perpetuates the myth that, eventually, there’s an end point.
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A Therapist Confronts Cancer

Finding a Way through the Abyss

July/August 2022
No one can prevent the horrors of cancer, but processing this particular experience of loss with a therapist who’s been through it may stave off the trauma of treatment.
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Shattered by Suicide

Helping Families in the Aftermath

July/August 2022
Suicide isn’t simply the tragedy of someone taking their own life: it’s also the long, excruciating nightmare of being left behind.

Moving Through Grief

An Emotionally Focused Approach

July/August 2022
Once blocks to the organic grief process are identified and removed, how can therapists choreograph corrective emotional experiences?

The Inheritance of Loss

A Therapist and Client Grieve Together

July/August 2022
While grief can be a familiar creature that lives inside us, we often treat it as a stranger.

Cultivating Empathy

Do We Really Know How Our Clients Feel?

July/August 2022
Rather than proclaiming that you understand a client’s experience, you’re far better off assuming that you don’t have a clue what they’re going through.

The Therapy Beat

Therapy Card Decks: A Session in the Palm of Your Hand?

July/August 2022
Are therapy card decks a clinical tool, a branding exercise, or something else entirely?

In Consultation

Managing Your Waitlist: How to Tackle the Ethical Dilemmas

July/August 2022
Best practices for setting up and maintaining a client waitlist.
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Case Study

It’s Still Unfair! Struggling to Establish Equitable Relationships

July/August 2022
More than ever, clients need us to equip them with tools to transition from a hierarchical relational framework to a collaborative one, which can hold up even as outside expectations press in.

Point of View

Breaking the Silence on Postpartum Stress: How Therapists Can Help

July/August 2022
Author Karen Kleiman argues that postpartum distress is normal—and should be normalized more in our society.

Open Book

Leaning toward the Light: Mary Pipher Turns Her Gaze Inward

July/August 2022
In her new memoir, Mary Pipher refuses to dumb down what it takes to create a rewarding life.
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Family Matters

Letting Edin Go: A Mother Makes a Wrenching Decision

July/August 2022
The weight of whether to put a child in a group home.
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Practice Tools - July/August 2022

Discover the best therapeutic tools from across the field of psychotherapy

July/August 2022
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July/August 2022
The Way We Grieve
Does Time Really Heal All Wounds?