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Brave New Couples: What can science tell us about the changing face of couplehood today?

May/June 2015
Susan Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, discusses what the science of love says about what couples can expect when they rebel too much against the conventions of traditional marriage.

Mary Pipher on Psychotherapy in the Age of Overwhelm

March/April 2015
It’s time we address the psychological toll of the daily bombardment of information that permeates our lives.

Case Study

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.

When Therapy Is Going Nowhere

Escaping the “Groundhog Day” Cycle

May/June 2013
Why do we get stuck in “Groundhog Day therapy”—cases in which we spin our wheels from session to session? Before lurching on to alternative treatment strategies, the key to progress is recognizing the need to shift the therapist–client relationship.
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A Matter Of Choice

Deciding: to be Right or be Married?

November/December 2011

Do you want to be right or be married? Okay, now pause, think, breathe . . . and choose between First Consciousness and Second Consciousness.

Clinician's Digest

May/June 2011
- Real client-centered therapy - Questioning research studies - Handling suicidal clients - Are the good times about to roll?

In Consultation

Beyond Right and Wrong: Teaching Couples How To Embrace Fair-Mindedness

September/October 2009
What do issues of fairness and relational justice have to do with psychotherapy?

Case Studies

Learning Forgiveness: Peacemaking Skills For Couples

September/October 2009
Given that most couples never manage to change each other very much, teaching them to forgive each other's imperfections is a vastly underutilized therapeutic resource.

Defining Psychotherapy

The Last 25 Years Have Taught Us That It's Neither Art nor Science

March/April 2007
At last count, therapists could choose from among 500 different treatment techniques. But after all these years, there's still no evidence that the overall effectiveness of therapy has improved. Could the problem be that we still don't understand the fundamental nature of psychotherapy?

Case Study

Like a Ghost - Using EMDR to Revive a Traumatized Vet’s Marriage

January/February 2007
EMDR helps a young Irag War vet and his wife emerge from the nightmare of his war experience.
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