May/June 2022View All Issues
If play is so vital to our health and well-being, why isn’t it emphasized more in the adult therapy world? And for those who take the leap and inject some humor into sessions, what kinds of approaches seem to work best? Here, we look at therapists’ favorite tools for engendering high spirits, the hazards of certain brands of humor, and how—when used with care—playful moments can cement the therapeutic relationship and shift a client’s perspective on their suffering.
Awakening the Playful Self
A Depressed Client Rediscovers Connection
When Humor Hurts
What Lies Beneath a Couple’s Jokes
The Playful Therapist
7 Clinicians Share Their Best Strategies
Therapy Meets the Metaverse
A New Approach to Treating Young Clients
Embracing a Shared Retirement Vision
Helping Older Couples Make Rewarding Choices
When Actions Speak Louder than Words
Creating Change Through Therapeutic Rituals
Reframing Complex PTSD
Can Trauma Symptoms Be Assets?
How Therapists Can Stop Runaway Conflict
Whose Mom Is It Anyway?
Learning to Love My Mother’s Caregiver