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When Therapy Changes the Therapist

Five Tales of Self-Discovery

May/June 2019
Although it’s not usually acknowledged, change in the consulting room goes both ways. Even as they help clients wrestle with their issues, it’s the rare therapist who hasn’t experienced his or her own eureka moments. Five therapists share their tales of personal transformation.
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What Greg Taught Me

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"Even though I’d been out as a gay man for decades, I still felt disgust at my erotic interests. Although several therapists over the years had told me I wasn’t a sex addict, I fired all of them until I found one who agreed with my self-diagnosis."

Healing as a Subversive Act

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
In his opening keynote, Canadian physician Gabor Maté called on therapists to expand their frame of reference and recognize how their job is too often a kind of mopping up after the cruelties and injustices of the larger systems that shape our lives.
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Flourishing as We Age

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Mary Pipher, author of the classic Reviving Ophelia and nine subsequent books, was this year’s recipient of the Networker’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her many contributions to broadening the perspective of the field and expanding its moral imagination.

The Best Love Story Ever

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Clinical psychologist, researcher, and developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Sue Johnson—challenging the idea that commitment and exclusive relationships have become passé in a world skeptical of traditional values—made an impassioned case for the deeply healing power of intimate connection.

The Inheritance Within

Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors

May/June 2019
For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.

In Consultation

Truths and Consequences: Helping Teens Make Good Decisions

May/June 2019
When it comes to high-risk behaviors, therapists can find themselves caught between boundary-testing teens and their concerned parents.

Case Study

In the Aftermath of Suicide: The Long Journey to Healing

May/June 2019
In the wake of a loved one’s suicide, therapists must have the patience to sit with clients as the slow and painful process of healing unfolds. CASE COMMENTARY by Douglas Flemons.

Bookmarks

Who Am I to Judge? The Question of the "Good Enough" Parent

May/June 2019
A child-custody consultant wrestles with the question of what is a good enough mother.

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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