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The New Psychiatry

The Rise of Natural Mental Health

July/August 2018
Increasingly, psychiatrists are recognizing that offering medications as the primary treatment of depression for years and years is simply not working. Instead, there’s a growing movement toward using more holistic approaches based on the belief that body and mind can heal themselves if given the time and space to do so.
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Silent and Confused

Opening Conversations with Men in the Wake of #MeToo

May/June 2018
Most men publicly support #MeToo, but privately—very privately, often too privately even to share with their intimate partners—some are disoriented and wrestling with questions about the changing norms that shape their relationships with women. Meanwhile, therapists are examining how to bring issues raised by this movement more directly into their clinical approaches.

My First Client, My Best Teacher

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

May/June 2018
A challenging client, who won't speak or swallow, teaches a therapist just starting out how to find her own voice.
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Karaoke on Five South

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

May/June 2018
A karaoke performance on a psych ward helps a mother and daughter find a way to reconnect.
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Occupational Wisdom

What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully

March/April 2018
Does being a therapist give us an edge in coping with the inescapable phenomenon of aging? Three prominent psychotherapists—Irvin Yalom, Joan Klagsbrun, and Erv Polster—share both how their experience with older clients has shaped their slant on their own mortality and how their own aging may be changing the way they approach psychotherapy.
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Bookmarks

Life After Extremism: What It Takes to Renounce Hate

March/April 2018
Review: Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism
A look at how to help former skinheads, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and jihadists leave extremist hate groups and find new ways of thinking and being.

Therapy and Transformation

What Are We Promising Our Clients?

January/February 2018
Decades ago, trainees in our field were imbued with the notion that therapy was about transformation: big, dramatic changes in the direction of self-actualization. Was this an overpromise? And now, when the average length of therapy in the United States is less than eight sessions, is it even desired by clients anymore, or necessary for successful therapy?
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Who's Steering the Boat?

Navigating Therapy with Today's Clients

January/February 2018
Today’s clients are shifting out of their customary position of mannerly deference and asserting far more specifically what they want—and don’t want—from therapy. Increasingly, therapists are moving from the role of acknowledged expert in the room to something approaching an informed colleague. For some, it’s a sea change in professional identity, but a growing body of evidence suggests it pays off.

Consensual Nonmonogamy

When Is It Right for Your Clients?

January/February 2018
In past decades, the only alternatives to involuntary celibacy in a relationship were affairs or divorce. But more and more therapists are recognizing there’s another option: consensual nonmonogamy. Although the idea isn’t new, it’s challenging our field to see that committed, secure relationships can take many shapes and forms.

Clinician's Digest

Did England's Ambitious Mental Health Care Experiment Deliver?

January/February 2018
Nearly a decade ago, England embarked on one of the largest expansions of mental health care in modern history. What can be said of the outcome of this bold experiment?
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