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Transcending Trauma

Learning How to Guide Devastated Clients Toward Growth

September/October 2016
In the early days of the trauma field, clients were seen as one-dimensional bundles of dysfunction and pain, who needed to relive their trauma before progress could be made. But an increased interest in post-traumatic growth has allowed many therapists to see that insight and healing can occur not only in the midst of devastating experiences, but even because of them.
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Transforming Sexual Narratives

From Dysfunction to Discovery

January/February 2016
Therapists too often ignore the importance of the longstanding, often unconscious stories that partners carry with them into their sexual relationship. Helping them share these stories with each other can open the pathway to erotic discovery.

Point of View

Smart Growth: Developing a mindset for life

September/October 2015
A conversation with motivation expert Carol Dweck on the importance of the “growth mindset” and how to enhance people’s ability to tackle adversity and persevere.

Case Study

Knowing When to Push: Balancing Safety and Challenge

March/April 2015
When a client has been sexually abused, it can be difficult to find the balance between creating safety and challenging old patterns.

The Debate Over DSM-5: A Step Backward

A Step Backward: An Interview with Allen Frances

March/April 2014
As the man responsible for the previous edition, the foremost critic of DSM-5 is perhaps the last person you’d expect to trash this latest, biggest version.
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In Consultation

The Truth About Bullying: How therapists can help harassed kids

September/October 2012
While some believe the incidence of school bullying has reached epidemic proportions, therapists remain largely uninformed about the nature of the problem and what to do about it.

Case Study

Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming to Help a Panicked Client: From Certainty to Uncertainty

March/April 2012
Often clients come to therapy to resolve ambivalence or because they can’t make up their minds. But sometimes, the problem is that they’re too certain about things they should be uncertain about.

In Consultation

First Impressions: Getting Off to the Right Start is Crucial in Therapy

January/February 2011
That first session with a new client can be crucial to the success or failure of treatment.

The Puzzle of PTSD

Does the PTSD Diagnosis Do More Harm Than Good?

November/December 2010
Does the diagnosis of PTSD actually hamper therapists' ability to help combat veterans do the hard work of coming to terms with their war experiences?

It Takes a Community

Therapy-As-Usual Can't Serve the Needs of Our Returning Troops

November/December 2010
Our standard psychotherapeutic paradigm is unequal to the mammoth challenge of serving the troops who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan. What's needed is a public health perspective that taps into the power of community healing.
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