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The World of Adolescent Girls

Helping Them Find Their North Star

July/August 2019
On the 25th anniversary of her landmark book Reviving Ophelia, the author reflects on what she’s learned over the years about working with teenage girls and helping them resist a culture that keeps encouraging them to be the object of another’s gaze.

Kindling the Spark

The Healing Power of Expressive Arts

March/April 2019
Aliveness is not an experience we think or talk ourselves into; it’s a state of being we feel in our bodies. An expressive arts therapist shows how creativity, movement, and play can help traumatized clients find their way toward vitality and healing.

Case Study

A Cure for the Yips: Brainspotting and Performance Blocks

November/December 2015
Traumatic experiences are often the root of athletic and other kinds of performance blocks.

A Brief History of Anxiety

The Invention of a Modern Malaise

November/December 2014
Life today is, in many ways, easier than it used to be. Therefore, shouldn’t we be less anxious than we once were?

The Rise of the Two-Dimensional Parent

Are Therapists Seeing a New Kind of Attachment?

September/October 2014
We used to think that disordered attachment was the result of early parental neglect or abuse. But today, has a paradoxical mix of parental overinvolvement and inattention led to a social epidemic of pseudo-attachment?
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The Anxiety Game

It’s Rigged, so Let’s Change the Rules

January/February 2013
Therapists are supposed to make clients feel safe and secure, creating a cozy haven from a cruel world, right? Well, when it comes to treating anxiety, more clinicians are instructing clients to ramp their fears, while telling themselves how much they welcome the experience.

Living With The Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but Not to Change

January/February 2013
As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.
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How Conversation Sparks Therapeutic Change

The Search for the Unspoken Self

September/October 2012
When we trust in ourselves to follow the signals of life that the patient emits in seemingly casual conversation, we increase chances of stepping outside the stable confines of our theoretical models to enjoy an unexpected encounter.

Point Of View

Our Potential for Good: Altruism as an Evolutionary Imperative

November/December 2011

Psychologist Darcher Keltner believes that underestimating our capacity for altruism does human nature a disservice.

As the Twig Is Bent

Understanding the Health Implications of Early Life Trauma

September/October 2010
While it's common knowledge that childhood trauma can have far-reaching consequences for adult mental health, its impact on adult physical health is less obvious. Now a new study demonstrates an astonishing correlation between childhood maltreatment and a vast range of later-life illnesses.
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