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The Touch Taboo

Are We Missing a Vital Source of Healing?

March/April 2019
Polyvagal Theory offers a new kind of somatic road map for guiding both therapists and clients toward safety and connection. It can also empower therapists to tap into a vital source of healing that most view with great trepidation—the power of touch.
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An Interview with Peter Levine

Turning Psychotherapy Bottom Up

March/April 2019
Peter Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, takes us inside his seemingly intuitive approach and reveals the guiding principles that inform his work.
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Character Work

What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

March/April 2019
Therapists can flop in their “performance” with clients, coming off as inauthentic or over the top. One former actor discovers how to embody the kind of “scene partner” his clients need him to be.

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.

Clinician's Digest

ASMR Videos: A New Tool for Therapists?

March/April 2019
Videos designed to elicit ASMR, a physiological state some people find soothing, get millions of views online. Now clinicians are debating whether they could be a useful therapeutic tool.

In Consultation

Disarming the Verbal Bully: Four Ways to Push Pause

March/April 2019
At a time when verbal bullies seem to feel increasingly empowered, here are four offbeat ways to push pause on their toxic verbiage.

Case Study

Storm Damage: Angry Words Can Sink a Relationship

March/April 2019
Even though partners may forgive each other after a heated argument, the hurtful words that were hurled can be haunting nonetheless.

Point of View

Toward a New Vision for Healthcare: Bringing Therapists and Physicians Together

March/April 2019
When it comes to addressing the profound impact of trauma, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris is calling for primary care physicians and therapists to develop new forms of collaboration that could transform our healthcare system.

Survival Skills

Chicago Gang Members Take a Challenging Leap

January/February 2019
In one violent Chicago neighborhood, embattled gang members see themselves as UPOWs—urban prisoners of war. To introduce them to a new set of survival skills, a therapist specializing in complex trauma helps take them off the streets and into the wilderness. Can her unlikely approach, which at times resembles a seminar on brain science, make a real difference in their lives?
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Always on Call

When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work

January/February 2019
Wherever people have been uprooted and stripped raw by the devastating force of war, sudden violence, or natural disaster, you’re likely to find Jim Gordon at work. For 25 years, he’s been bringing the tools of mind–body healing to trouble spots around the globe. His goal? To make himself unnecessary.
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