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Translating Coaching Into Therapy

The Benefits and the Boundaries

July/August 2018
Clinicians interested in applying coaching skills in psychotherapy believe that working more from a collaborative partnership position—like a personal trainer or a mentor—can produce faster change and, for many clients, enhanced motivation.

Case Study

The Challenge of Helping the People Pleaser: Setting Boundaries Can Be Risky

July/August 2018
Helping clients set boundaries can be a risky business, especially when people pleasing has been a lifelong strategy. * Commentary by Courtney Armstrong

Silent and Confused

Opening Conversations with Men in the Wake of #MeToo

May/June 2018
Most men publicly support #MeToo, but privately—very privately, often too privately even to share with their intimate partners—some are disoriented and wrestling with questions about the changing norms that shape their relationships with women. Meanwhile, therapists are examining how to bring issues raised by this movement more directly into their clinical approaches.

The Hearing

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

May/June 2018
A therapist tries to ride to the rescue of an immigrant client in a desperate situation.

Jimmy

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

May/June 2018
What happens to a buttoned-up young therapist when things get out of hand in his office?

Case Study

Taken Over: Breaking the Spell of Obsession

May/June 2018
A therapist struggles to help an obsessive client with whom she develops an unusual preoccupation.

Case Study

Second Adolescence: An Alternative to the Midlife Crisis

March/April 2018
Instead of viewing midlife as a time of emotional unraveling, therapists can see it as an opportunity to help clients gain a fuller sense of purpose in life’s later stages.

Therapy and Transformation

What Are We Promising Our Clients?

January/February 2018
Decades ago, trainees in our field were imbued with the notion that therapy was about transformation: big, dramatic changes in the direction of self-actualization. Was this an overpromise? And now, when the average length of therapy in the United States is less than eight sessions, is it even desired by clients anymore, or necessary for successful therapy?
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Who's Steering the Boat?

Navigating Therapy with Today's Clients

January/February 2018
Today’s clients are shifting out of their customary position of mannerly deference and asserting far more specifically what they want—and don’t want—from therapy. Increasingly, therapists are moving from the role of acknowledged expert in the room to something approaching an informed colleague. For some, it’s a sea change in professional identity, but a growing body of evidence suggests it pays off.

Consensual Nonmonogamy

When Is It Right for Your Clients?

January/February 2018
In past decades, the only alternatives to involuntary celibacy in a relationship were affairs or divorce. But more and more therapists are recognizing there’s another option: consensual nonmonogamy. Although the idea isn’t new, it’s challenging our field to see that committed, secure relationships can take many shapes and forms.
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