May/June 2020

Editor's Note

May/June 2020
The stories in this issue are notable not only for their therapeutic wisdom, but also for their authors’ capacity to connect with us in a time of unprecedented crisis. Written at warp speed, the talks highlighted from our Virtual Symposium this year speak directly to our anxiety, grief, and bafflement as we found ourselves—it’s still barely believable—in the grip of a pandemic.
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Facing the Challenge

Psychotherapy Responds to the Pandemic

May/June 2020
If ever a conference devoted to “The Art of Healing in an Anxious Time” was needed, this is that time. At the 2020 Virtual Symposium, some of the field’s leaders offered both practical guidance and personal perspective on how to put what we know about trauma, mindfulness, and emotional connection to work as we confront a crisis few of us imagined possible.
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Radical Compassion in Challenging Times

From Virtual Symposium 2020

May/June 2020
At times, when things fall apart, as they are in our world right now, each of us has an essential medicine to offer. So the inquiry—Who do you want to be? And what kind of world do we want?—becomes critical. Just as there’s a viral contagion, it’s crucial to remember that loving presence is contagious.

Isolation and Self-Care

From Virtual symposium 2020

May/June 2020
Even in a restrictive time like this, when so many of us are divorced from the ordinary structures of our lives, there are practical things we can do to address what our brains need to function properly.

Couples Under Quarantine

From Virtual Symposium 2020

May/June 2020
Differences in how couples handle this situation can be a real bone of contention, but sometimes using humor, especially dark humor, gives us some sense of agency when a frightening reality threatens to engulf us.

The Body as Ally

From Virtual Symposium 2020

May/June 2020
One of our biggest challenges is to realize that physical isolation doesn’t automatically mean emotional disconnection. We still have choices that enable us to distinguish between the pandemic outside and the panic-demic we can create within ourselves.
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The Viral Wake-up Call

From Virtual Symposium 2020

May/June 2020
Amid the pandemic, the pain and vulnerability of the majority of Americans, who live on the financial edge and can’t afford a crisis like this, are glaringly apparent. What’s also clear is how totally interdependent we are.

The Healthy Mind Platter

From Virtual Symposium 2020

May/June 2020
Our minds are more than what happens inside our skulls, and even in our bodies. They’re fully embodied, and they’re fully relational. Here are seven daily activities that support a healthy mind.

Playing Together Apart

Figuring Out Teletherapy for Kids

May/June 2020
Without a well-researched paradigm for reaching young children who might need teleplay therapy in an uncertain time like this, therapists are forging ahead into unknown territory.

United in Uncertainty

A Technophobic Therapist and Covid-19

May/June 2020
A technophobic therapist struggles with a new professional reality.

Tales from the Therapy Room

Our Annual Storytelling Feature!

May/June 2020
Five therapists recall the up-against-the-wall moments from practice that required them to toss away the usual clinical playbook.
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The Audition

From Storytelling 2020

May/June 2020
What do you do when you're wrong for the part?

Two Scoops of Vanilla

From Storytelling 2020

May/June 2020
When a challenging clients brings out our true inner colors.

Hot Chips

From Storytelling 2020

May/June 2020
When providing a secure base means overturning conventions.
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Letters from Home

From Storytelling 2020

May/June 2020
Finding hope in a hopeless situation.

Broken Mirrors

From Storytelling 2020

May/June 2020
When we can acknowledge the dark forces that reside within us.

Clinician's Digest

Left Behind: Counselors Seek Medicare Reimbursement

May/June 2020
The long, hard fight to fix a legislative gap.

In Consultation

Dating at Midlife

May/June 2020
Helping clients who find themselves single again in midlife navigate a new world of dating.

Case Study

How to Find the “Can” in “Can’t”

May/June 2020
It takes creativity to apply basic therapy tools, especially when depression has set in and negative cognitions have taken over.
*Commentary by DAVID TREADWAY

Point of View

Listening to Suicidal Clients: How to Get Beyond our Fears

May/June 2020
A suicidologist opens up about her personal struggles and what actually helps when working with suicidal clients.
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Bookmarks

The Reality of Home DNA Tests

May/June 2020
A new book explores the reality of home DNA testing and the often unexpected fallouts.

Family Matters

Sorting Through a Closet Full of Memories

May/June 2020
When a mother and daughter are cut from different cloths, can they still hang in the same closet?

Practice Tools - May/June 2020 Issue

49 Relationship Questions for Every Couple

May/June 2020
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May/June 2020
Where Are We Going?
Finding Our Way in a New Reality