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It’s Not about the Diet: Building a healthy relationship with food

September/October 2015
Too often both clinicians and clients fall into the trap of pursuing weight loss as a therapeutic goal.

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The Challenge of Open Relationships: Can They Ever Work?

July/August 2015
While many therapists are skeptical of open relationships, some believe that, with the right couple, they can work.

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Rediscovering Happiness: The Use of Positive Childhood Triggers in Psychotherapy

May/June 2015
To create deep change, we need to help people mine the sources of intense pleasure in their lives, wherever they may find them.

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Knowing When to Push: Balancing Safety and Challenge

March/April 2015
When a client has been sexually abused, it can be difficult to find the balance between creating safety and challenging old patterns.

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Voices of Reason: Empowering clients to alter their internal experiences

January/February 2015
The case of a young man hearing voices shows how even problems that first appear to be extreme can be resolved by empowering clients to alter subtle aspects of their internal experience.
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Questions of Gender: A therapist struggles with the clinical choices he’s made

September/October 2014
A therapist takes an unflinching look at a puzzling case that spanned 14 years, wondering if he made a wrong turn.

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Get Out of My Life! Working with Cut-off Family Members in the Consulting Room

November/December 2014

Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines.

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Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

May/June 2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.

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Whose Therapy Is It Anyway? When Your Client Is Uncommitted to Change

March/April 2014
When we find ourselves haunted by a particular case, it may mean that we’re more invested in the client making changes than the client is himself.

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Letting Go of Hate: How to help clients change unconscious responses

July/August 2014
Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the ground.
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