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Terminal Illness and the Choice to Die

July/August 2019
A number of states have passed legislation giving terminal patients the option of medical aid in dying. What therapists need to know about helping patients and families as they move through that emotionally fraught process.

Dying Well

Humanizing Our Overmedicalized System

March/April 2019
Hospital protocols have replaced the time-honored customs that once enabled the dying to be lead actors in their life’s final drama. Why do we spend so much on last ditch medical treatments while depriving so many of what they need to die with dignity and peace?
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Editor's Note

September/October 2018

September/October 2018
When I first heard about the growing research on the therapeutic use of psychedelics to treat trauma, I was frankly a bit bemused. But it’s been hard to dismiss the overwhelmingly positive results of early trials. Will psychedelic-assisted therapy continue to gain traction? Will it eventually be practice-changing for everyday clinicians? We can’t know the answer at this point, but what's clear is that the clinical interest in psychedelics is much more than a haphazard, tie-dyed pursuit.
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Therapy’s Psychedelic Renaissance

A Different Kind of Healing Journey

September/October 2018
It’s been nearly 30 years since SSRIs came on the scene, but despite their ubiquity and pairing with a variety of talk- and body-centered treatments, the rates of PTSD, depression, and anxiety are soaring. Could the ineffable insights and experiences of psychedelic drugs revolutionize the practice of psychotherapy?
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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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Grief as a Gift: Carrying on the Legacy of Kübler-Ross

November/December 2013
David Kessler has spent his career helping people all over the world deal with death. In the process, he’s learned that—as much as we may resist experiencing it—grief is a gift that helps us heal.

The New Grief

Long, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

July/August 2011
The increasing ability of modern medicine to arrest or slow terminal illness means that never before has death been such an extended process for so many. But as a culture, we're only just beginning to face the deep ambivalence this creates for both patient and family.
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Is Enough Ever Enough?

The Right-to-Die Debate

July/August 2011
We’re living longer and longer, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we’d choose to live through a painful terminal illnesses. Do we have the right to choose? Should we?

Point of View

Embracing Life, Facing Death: An interview with Irvin Yalom

September/October 2010
For existential therapist Irvin Yalom, even depth-oriented therapy doesn't go deep enough.

Family Matters

Run with It!: Redefining the Comfort Zone

January/February 2008
A woman recovering from cancer develops a new sense of her body and her comfort zone.
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