January/February 2020

Editor's Note

January/February 2020
The pace of our daily schedules can make it hard to look up from our appointment apps and ponder the bigger picture: Why are we doing this thing called therapy? What drew us to the field in the first place? Over time, has our quest changed?
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In Search of New Ideas

My Evolution as a Therapist

January/February 2020
A therapist reflects on a key lesson from his long career: clients don’t necessarily need new answers to their questions—they need new questions.

Our Calling

A Wounded Healer’s Journey

January/February 2020
As therapists, our job is to do our best for our clients. But even our best efforts can’t always ensure that therapy will help, or even that we don’t do harm.
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Saving My Younger Self

A Therapist Finds Her Mission

January/February 2020
An urban school psychologist discovers the power of her own story of childhood trauma to inspire the kids she serves.

The Sabbatical

Discovering My Self on a Car Lot

January/February 2020
After an unusual break from practice, a burnt-out young clinician learns to finally feel at home in the therapist’s chair.

To Reveal or Not to Reveal

When the Therapist Has a Serious Illness

January/February 2020
Each therapist who becomes seriously ill faces a weighty choice between silence and disclosure with clients.

Meet You in McGinnis Meadows

Lessons in Attunement

January/February 2020
What horsemanship can teach us about making sure our clients feel seen, heard, and helped.

Clinician's Digest

Couples Therapy Goes Public

January/February 2020
A bold new TV series captures the raw reality of couples therapy—for both clients and therapists.

In Consultation

Seeing Children through a Polyvagal Lens

January/February 2020
Polyvagal Theory widens the perspective on managing kids’ challenging behaviors.
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Case Study

The Therapist as Traffic Cop: Learning the Hard Way with a Volatile Couple

January/February 2020
Being a good traffic cop can mean the difference between success or failure as a couples therapist.* Commentary by Peter Fraenkel

Point of View

Community Matters: New Possibilities for Mental Health

January/February 2020
A passionate advocate for mental health in underserved communities confronts the question, “Why don’t more black people go to treatment, and why don’t they take their kids?”
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Bookmarks

Out of Sight: Are Prisons Modern-Day Asylums?

January/February 2020
Author Kenneth Paul Rosenberg explores the catastrophic inadequacies of our mental healthcare system that have led to “the greatest social crisis of our time.”

Family Matters

Hold My Hand: Calming the Little Girl Inside Me

January/February 2020
A recently divorced mother learns to confront a lifelong fear on her own.

Practice Tools - January/February 2020 Issue

Vulnerability Cycle Mapping Worksheet

January/February 2020
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January/February 2020
The Evolving Therapist
Why We Do the Work We Do