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Inside the Ayahuasca Experience

When Shamanism Meets Psychotherapy

September/October 2018
A practitioner trained in the orthodox Western model of medicine develops a deep respect for the healing power of psychedelic plants and shamanism. What he discovers is not magic but an often astonishingly rapid pathway to self-realization.

Chronic Pain Reconsidered

A New Role for Therapists

September/October 2018
Only one percent of patients suffering from acute back pain have a significant structural abnormality in their back, and a remarkably low percentage of back surgeries are successful. A physician inspired by the pioneering work of physician John Sarno describes his journey to develop a radical alternative to standard medical interventions with chronic pain.
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Case Study

A Playful Path to Attachment

September/October 2018
Through games that encourage small moments of laughter, a struggling mother and her adopted daughter learn a different way to bond.

Family Matters

Comfort Me

September/October 2018
Confronting grief in a laundromat.
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In the Shadow of Depression

How Can We Manage to Stay Well?

July/August 2018
Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?
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A Journey Through Fire

Surviving When Your Self Is in Ashes

July/August 2018
At its worst, depression extinguishes your inner pilot light, depriving you of the substrate that makes you feel real. Sufferers complain of living in a fog, unable to think, remember, or focus. The qualities that constitute “you” become peripheral. The password has changed, and access is denied.

The New Psychiatry

The Rise of Natural Mental Health

July/August 2018
Increasingly, psychiatrists are recognizing that offering medications as the primary treatment of depression for years and years is simply not working. Instead, there’s a growing movement toward using more holistic approaches based on the belief that body and mind can heal themselves if given the time and space to do so.
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Clinician's Digest

For Immigrants and Their Therapists, a Frightening Reality

July/August 2018
New policies are deepening the trauma of many immigrants, and heightening challenges for the therapists trying to help them.

Case Study

The Challenge of Helping the People Pleaser: Setting Boundaries Can Be Risky

July/August 2018
Helping clients set boundaries can be a risky business, especially when people pleasing has been a lifelong strategy. * Commentary by Courtney Armstrong

Point of View

Developing Racial Literacy: How to Confront Our Unconscious Taboos

July/August 2018
Howard Stevenson’s program promotes “racial literacy” through skills that help us confront unconscious taboos and more effectively read and resolve racial encounters.
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