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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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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.

Bookmarks

Life after Trauma: What are the possibilities for post-traumatic growth?

September/October 2015
Review of Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

The new emphasis on the transformative power of trauma can be a template for false assumptions about the “gift” of suffering and the meaning of recovery.

Engaging the Emotional Brain

Highlights from Symposium 2014

May/June 2014
To get through to clients in our increasingly ADD culture, therapists must learn to evoke a deeper, more visceral engagement with them. At this year’s Networker Symposium, a lineup of innovators shared their wisdom about how to do just that.

How Conversation Sparks Therapeutic Change

The Search for the Unspoken Self

September/October 2012
When we trust in ourselves to follow the signals of life that the patient emits in seemingly casual conversation, we increase chances of stepping outside the stable confines of our theoretical models to enjoy an unexpected encounter.

The Case for Energy Psychology

Snake oil or therapeutic power tool?

November/December 2010
A wizened, seen-it-all psychologist describes how he came to embrace an approach that much of the orthodox psychotherapy world considers the latest incarnation of snake oil.

Seeking the Silence

Wilderness Solitude Opens New Doorways into the Self

July/August 2010
At an age when many are sticking even closer to their couches and remote controls, a restless soul decides to seize his last chance to explore the wilderness alone.

Game On!

Bringing the locker room into the consulting room

May/June 2010
Although therapy is often considered a profession dominated by the female sensibility, a lifelong gym rat, much practiced in the arts of masculine aggression, applies the lessons of the basketball court in the consulting room.

In Consultation

Positive Aging - A new paradigm for growing old

May/June 2007
How to continue to get the most out of life as you age.

Discoveries from the Black Box

How the Neuroscience Revolution Can Change Your Practice

September/October 2002
Increasingly, therapists are trying to make sense of the cavalcade of neuroscientific discoveries regularly trumpeted in the research literature and the popular press. What will the rapidly expanding understanding of the brain mean for our traditionally low-tech profession?
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