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High-Stakes Therapy

September/October 2016
When it comes to eating disorders, therapy can be a matter of life and death.

OCD and Children

It’s a Family Affair

July/August 2016
OCD in children can operate like a kind of cult leader, demanding acceptance of an extreme view of a perilous reality and offering solutions that can’t be resisted, no matter how absurd they may sound. Given the overwhelming fear and worry the condition generates, falling in line with the cult leader can seem like the best strategy—except that it doesn’t work.

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The Remarriage Triangle: Working with Later-Life Recouplers and their Grown Children

January/February 2016
Therapists need to be prepared to go against the conventional clinical wisdom in helping later-life recouplers and stepfamilies handle the unique challenges they face.
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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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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.

Foot on the Gas, Foot on the Brake

Helping Families Move Past Their Developmental Stalemates

September/October 2009
20 years ago, Jay Haley's classic Leaving Home offered a clinical blueprint for successfully launching young adults toward self-sufficiency. In today's brave new economy, it's time to rethink howto help families move past their developmental stalemates.

It's More Complicated Than That

Don't Smooth Out Life's Wrinkles Says Salvador Minuchin

November/December 1996
One of family therapy's pioneers worries that today's brief techniques smooth out too many of life's wrinkles.
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Reaching Out to Life: An Interview with Virginia Satir

The Healing Touch of Virginia Satir

January/February 1989
Being larger than life was something Virginia Satir knew about from her earliest days. She grew up bigger and smarter and more keenly aware than any of the kids her age in the Wisconsin farm community where she was raised. By the time she was three, she'd learned to read. By the time she was 11, she'd reached her adult height of nearly six feet.

Good-Bye Paradox, Hello Invariant Prescription

Palazzoli and the Family Game

September/October 1987
After Italian psychiatrist Mara Selvini Palazzoli became celebrated for her work with therapeutic paradox in the 1970s, she stunned the family therapy world with an even more flamboyant intervention—the invariant prescription.
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Cloe Madanes

Behind the One-Way Kaleidoscope

September/October 1986
At the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, DC they don't believe self-knowledge fires the engine of change and insist instead that therapy is really just a process of persuasion. Here, therapy is about metaphor and boldly sweeping clients along in unexpected directions. In fact, a visitor might wonder what on earth the institute's clients tell their friends about the things they're asked to do in the name of "therapy."
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