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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 Challenge of Harm Reduction

Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction Treatment

September/October 2019
Until they’ve done the challenging and sometimes painful work in therapy, many people can’t even begin to imagine curtailing their drug use. For them, therapy is a before, not an after; and their engagement in therapy, rather than their abstinence, is the primary goal of treatment.

Mondays With My Girls

Lessons in Being Real

July/August 2019
A group of preteen girls in a long-term shelter teach a budding therapist some unexpected lessons about the true meaning of resilience and the power of relationship.
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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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Family Matters

The Last Joke: The Pathos of a May-December Marriage

July/August 2019
A shared sense of humor can help couples make heavy issues feel lighter. But what happens when there’s no one there to get the joke?

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."

Embracing the Other

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
“Jeremy, we’ve never talked about it, but I cover my head for many reasons,” I told him. “One of them is to keep the energy contained—the heat doesn’t escape."
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The Inheritance Within

Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors

May/June 2019
For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.
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