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The Problem with the Borderline Diagnosis: Getting Beyond the Label

September/October 2019
Have we unfairly pathologized clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

The Challenge of Harm Reduction

Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction Treatment

September/October 2019
Until they’ve done the challenging and sometimes painful work in therapy, many people can’t even begin to imagine curtailing their drug use. For them, therapy is a before, not an after; and their engagement in therapy, rather than their abstinence, is the primary goal of treatment.

Piercing the Illusion of Intimacy

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
“Whoops,” I said, thinking this was a lighthearted moment. “Looks like you should’ve gone with that other psychologist.” But Ted didn’t joke back.

Learning to Draw the Line

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"In one session, she said that her life outside of therapy was going great, and seeing me was her main problem."

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.

In Consultation

Doorknob Moments

September/October 2018
How to handle end-of-session bombshells therapeutically—and still wrap up on time.

Point of View

The Suicide Epidemic

September/October 2018
Author and therapist Kay Redfield Jamison explores what we can do to address the suicide epidemic.

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

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?
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