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Therapy’s Psychedelic Renaissance

A Different Kind of Healing Journey

September/October 2018
It’s been nearly 30 years since SSRIs came on the scene, but despite their ubiquity and pairing with a variety of talk- and body-centered treatments, the rates of PTSD, depression, and anxiety are soaring. Could the ineffable insights and experiences of psychedelic drugs revolutionize the practice of psychotherapy?
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Learning to Bear the Unbearable

How MDMA Works

September/October 2018
As a researcher and outspoken advocate for therapeutic innovation, Bessel van der Kolk has been as influential as anyone in shaping the landscape of trauma therapy today. He describes what’s distinctive about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

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.

The Challenge of Psychedelic Therapy

How It Could Change Your Practice

September/October 2018
With his latest book, How to Change Your Mind, noted author Michael Pollan has drawn a comprehensive portrait of the growing psychedelic therapy movement. In this interview, he highlights what has most impressed him about the promise of this new vision for therapy and the challenges it faces in gaining widespread acceptance.

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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Clinician's Digest

Police and Therapists: A New Alliance

September/October 2018
Innovative co-responder programs around the country are bringing about a shift in how police and clinicians define the boundaries of their work.

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.

Bookmarks

The U-Curve of Happiness

September/October 2018
A new book claims that even if you find yourself suffering through a gloomy midlife slog, you’re likely to experience a brighter landscape in your 50s and 60s.

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.
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