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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 World of Adolescent Girls

Helping Them Find Their North Star

July/August 2019
On the 25th anniversary of her landmark book Reviving Ophelia, the author reflects on what she’s learned over the years about working with teenage girls and helping them resist a culture that keeps encouraging them to be the object of another’s gaze.

Craving Device-Free Attention

Technoconflicts in Families Today

July/August 2019
Therapists are used to adolescent girls grumbling about their hovering, overinvolved parents. But these days, many have a new complaint—technoference in the home. Even as they’re tethered to their own screens, teens are wanting more, not less, of their digitally distracted parents’ attention.

Working with Difficult Men

Where’s the Leverage for Change?

July/August 2019
The conflict between an older, more traditional view of masculinity and a newer, more progressive one is the underlying issue in many marriages today. Helping these couples means violating many of the fundamental principles in the traditional therapy playbook.
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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.

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."

Case Study

Storm Damage: Angry Words Can Sink a Relationship

March/April 2019
Even though partners may forgive each other after a heated argument, the hurtful words that were hurled can be haunting nonetheless.

Creating a Web of Connection

Therapists in Search of Community

January/February 2019
Therapists are always on the lookout for new approaches and techniques. But in a profession with alarming rates of burnout and professional isolation, the best way to improve outcomes may be less about what therapists offer clients and more about what they can offer each other.
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Weiwei and the Spider: Translating Problems into Skills to Learn

January/February 2019
An approach that emphasizes acquiring skills rather than focusing on problems helps a young boy in China tackle his problems at school.

The "Millennial Effect"

How Young Clients Are Leading Therapists to New Places

November/December 2018
As they’re about to surpass baby boomers as the largest generation, millennials are coming to dominate the population of therapy consumers. But their impact goes beyond sheer numbers. With sometimes startling directness, they’re demanding that their therapists become even more “real” and disclosing, whether therapists are comfortable being that unguarded or not.
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