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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.

Facing Our Dark Side

Some Forms of Self-Compassion Are Harder than Others

September/October 2015
Achieving a genuine state of self-compassion is a more challenging undertaking than many realize. Far from a little feel-better incantation you offer yourself when stressed, it’s a journey into multiple parts of yourself that may include the good, the bad, the ugly, the confused, the frightened, and the abandoned.
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When Meditation Isn't Enough

Going Beyond Acceptance to Healing

September/October 2011

A psychotherapist discusses the next step: how to help clients transform the disruptive feelings and thoughts that they’ve learned to simply observe during meditation.

Clinician's Digest

Your Inner Therapist

May/June 2010
Listening to your inner therapist * Can we admit that therapy is sometimes harmful? * Botox's interference with emotions * The fearlessness--criminality link * The contested value of a PsyD degree * Outlawing psychological aggression

Mindsight

Dan Siegel Offers Therapists a New Vision of the Brain

September/October 2004
The publication of his first book earned him an audience with the Pope. Since then, psychiatrist Daniel Siegel has continued to demonstrate a visionary's ability to show how the physical matter of the brain creates the life of the mind, heart, soul, and spirit that's the glory of our species.

The Larger Self

Discovering the Core Within Our Multiplicity

May/June 2004
The practice of therapy, for both therapist and client, is transformed when we connect with our fundamental core, a process that involves learning to listen closely to our inner cacophony and embracing even the parts of ourselves that we formerly loathed.

The Tao of Therapy

Helping Clients Experience Their Inner Freedom

May/June 2004
Dualistic thinking separates us from our own experience and offers the illusion that we can achieve peace and pleasure by somehow casting out our problems.

In the Marriage Zone

When We Are Two

November/December 1988

Marriage is the most dangerous form of love. Count the casualties and you know. It turns many people to stone. We all have seen that. Our society is cracking under the weight of many stone-lives. We all know that. But will we, or will we not, discover all that a man and woman can be? Marriage is not the answer, but it is the most demanding way to live the question.

Know Thy Selves

The Inner Lives of Couples Therapy

November/December 1988

Every couples therapist knows the experience. Just moments ago, as you talked to the wife and then her husband, you were struck by how likable each one seemed. You sensed their warmth, their humor. But now you've hit on one of those issues—perhaps it's a conflict about an in-law, or something about sex, or even the proverbial struggle about the toothpaste tube—and suddenly the people whose company you were enjoying earlier appear to have left the room.

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