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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?

Case Study

Upgrading the Software: A One-Session Cure for An Obnoxious Habit

July/August 2016
Sometimes there’s no need for a detailed assessment of a client’s entire life history and their family relationships, especially when the desired outcome is changing an automatic habit like nose-picking.

In Consultation

Detoxifying Criticism: How to Help Clients Gain Perspective

March/April 2016
An innovative way of working with people who are hypersensitive to criticism.

Case Study

Voices of Reason: Empowering clients to alter their internal experiences

January/February 2015
The case of a young man hearing voices shows how even problems that first appear to be extreme can be resolved by empowering clients to alter subtle aspects of their internal experience.
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Case Study

Letting Go of Hate: How to help clients change unconscious responses

July/August 2014
Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the ground.

Clinician's Digest

How to Help Learning Stick for Clients * What Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Psychotherapy?

September/October 2013

Therapy Isn't Brain Science

Knowledge Doesn’t Replace Clinical Skill

July/August 2013
Therapists were doing helpful work long before neuroscience made its official debut and the field developed a collective case of “brain fever.” In fact, at this stage of its development, neuroscience may be irrelevant to what needs to happen in therapy.

Breaking The Spell

7 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck

May/June 2013
When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break the spell, broaden the vision, and open ourselves to possibilities outside the tunnel.

In Consultation

Therapy’s Nonverbal Dance: Are You in Step with Your Clients?

January/February 2013
Noticing a client’s nonverbal shifts isn’t enough. You must know what these shifts mean.

Case Study

Being Meryl Streep: Learning to Distinguish Behavior from Identity

November/December 2012
A therapist uses a Hollywood analogy to help a client learn an important lesson about distinguishing behavior from identity.
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