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Adjusting the Unconscious

Making Quick Work of Lasting Change

March/April 2017
Some claim that much of psychotherapy is a pseudoscience, promising far more than it can deliver, with lengthy, expensive interventions for the common problems clients present. What if we could quickly bring about lasting therapeutic change by modifying a few, simple unconscious processes?

Point of View

Feeling Anxious? A Longtime Researcher Weighs In

March/April 2017
How can you keep on top of the proliferation of anxiety treatments today?

Psychotherapy's Pilgrimage

Shaping the Consciousness of Our Time

January/February 2017
Despite what grad school textbooks may imply, therapy movements are more than a set of theories and techniques. They’re about what it means to be a human being at a particular time amid all the forces that shape a culture. Here, a therapist who entered the field at the same time the Networker made its debut brings to life 40 years of the key moments in psychotherapy’s unfolding, exploring both how the field was influenced by social changes and how the consciousness of our times—and our view of what it means to be a fully realized person—have been transformed by the intimate conversations that take place in our consulting rooms.
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Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

January/February 2017
Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.
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Editor's Note

November/December 2016
In this issue, our contributors reveal, in ways that were all quite stunning to me, the magnitude and vast social implications—for us and our profession—of the dizzyingly new psycho-digital world we’re entering, including the expanding universe of mental health apps for every conceivable presenting problem.
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The Empathy Gap

Digital Culture Needs What Talk Therapy Offers

November/December 2016
Conditioned by the experience of life on the screen, clients today find it harder to concentrate on face-to-face conversation. They may not even see its value, feeling more comfortable with the self they can present through their digital devices. More than ever, the mores of therapy—the value therapy places on being with, forming an empathic bond, and the quiet attention necessary to do this—has become a crucial cultural corrective.
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Is VR a Game Changer?

Virtual Reality in Therapy

November/December 2016
To date, virtual reality’s most visible therapeutic role has been in the treatment of phobias and other conditions where it’s served as an adjunct to imaginary and in-vivo modalities. However, newer applications have started to move beyond the idea of altering our sense of place to emphasize altering our very sense of self. So what will that mean for our field?

Apologizing Under Fire

How to Handle Big-Time Criticism

November/December 2016
It’s difficult enough to offer an apology when we see the need for it and believe it’s the right thing to do. It’s far more difficult when we’re confronted with criticism we didn’t see coming, and that we don’t believe is fair.

Clinician's Digest

Trigger Warnings: Compassion or Coddling?

November/December 2016
Therapists wade into the controversy about trigger warnings for potentially disturbing college course material.

Point of View

Food and Mood: What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Nutrition

November/December 2016
What therapists should know about nutrition and the food-mood connection. An interview with Joan Borysenko.
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