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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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Between Two Worlds

Trauma Treatment on the Edge

September/October 2018
A clinician accustomed to treating trauma in her private practice is also an investigator of an MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research project. From this dual vantage point, she offers her take on the difference psychedelics make in her experience as a healer.

Learning to Bear the Unbearable

How MDMA Works

September/October 2018
As a researcher and outspoken advocate for therapeutic innovation, Bessel van der Kolk has been as influential as anyone in shaping the landscape of trauma therapy today. He describes what’s distinctive about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

Case Study

A Playful Path to Attachment

September/October 2018
Through games that encourage small moments of laughter, a struggling mother and her adopted daughter learn a different way to bond.
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Point of View

The Rise of Neurofeedback

November/December 2017
Neurofeedback has brought a powerful new technology into the consulting room.

Clinician's Digest

Going Above and Beyond in Post-Harvey Houston

November/December 2017
In the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina, what have mental health professionals learned about being helpful in the wake of natural disasters?

The Long Shadow of Patriarchy

Couples Therapy in the Age of Trump

September/October 2017
The election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of populism throughout the West were fueled by a renewed pull toward certain notions of traditional masculinity. Although therapists have remained largely silent about this revival of patriarchy in the culture, is neutrality really in the best interests of our clients?

Daring to Play

The Challenge of Embracing Our Youngest Clients

September/October 2017
Although they make up nearly a quarter of the population, children are rarely a central part of therapists’ practices. Why? The most effective interventions are based in play, an approach that seems less sophisticated than purportedly deep and transformative adult-centered talk therapies. It’s time to give play therapy the fuller attention and expanded application that it deserves.
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Point of View

The New Frontier in Trauma Treatment? The Promise of MDMA

September/October 2017
Using drugs like MDMA (aka Ecstasy) may be the new frontier of trauma treatment.

Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

January/February 2017
A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL
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