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When Helping Doesn't Help

Why Some Clients May Not Want to Change

March/April 2017
Rather than just commiserating with clients’ misery, most therapists want to engage in more active forms of helping. So we try to persuade clients compassionately, gently, patiently—to make use of the various tools and techniques we know will work, if only they’d just try them. For some, this results in a quick recovery. But what about the clients who seem impervious to all our heartfelt efforts?
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Upside-Down Psychotherapy

Breaking the Rules with Our OCD Clients

July/August 2016
It’s now clear that much of what therapists do for people suffering from OCD actually worsens the problem. Providing empathic reassurance, rational disputation, and coping skills to manage anxiety only serves to refuel the obsession. So how do you avoid the dead end of co-compulsing with your clients?
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Clinician's Digest

Has CBT Lost Its Mojo?

November/December 2015
Questions have been raised about whether the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, the field’s most researched treatment model, has been overstated.
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The CBT Path Out of Depression

Two Perspectives on How It Works

November/December 2014
While widely acknowledged to be the most empirically supported therapy ever invented, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often criticized for being too rigid and mechanical. Not so, say two of its foremost practitioners.

Is Psychotherapy Getting Better?

A Progress Report on the Science—and Art—of the Psychotherapy Field

March/April 2012
What do we know today about the effectiveness of psychotherapy that we didn’t know 30 years ago? Even more important, how do we improve our treatments?

West Meets East

Creating a New Wisdom Tradition

September/October 2011

As mindfulness practices work their way into the psychotherapeutic mainstream, we’re starting to ask more clinically sophisticated questions: Who needs what practice when? What about the downsides of some mindfulness interventions?
 

Point of View

Telling It Like It Is: Donald Meichenbaum Doesn't Mince Words

November/December 2010
Long an acerbic critic of the trendy and faddish, Don Meichenbaum, one of the founders of CBT, is still determined to separate myth from reality in the world of psychotherapy.

The Rise and Fall of PaxMedica

Welcome to the new era of brain-based therapy

January/February 2010
In the 1970s, the rise of Prozac, the DSM-III, and "evidence-based" therapies brought the appearance of coherence and order to mental health professions under the hegemony of medicine. Now multiple discoveries in neuroscience and other fields are challenging this "pax media" and ushering in a new era in the practice of psychotherapy.

From Research To Practice

The Verdict Is Clear

January/February 2006

20 Weeks of Happiness

Can a Course in Positive Psychology Change Your Life?

January/February 2006
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