September/October 2015View All Issues
Over the course of their careers, most psychotherapists discover that to be genuinely helpful they must learn to do something more than simply wield a set of highly specialized professional skills. But what exactly is this “something” that’s both the bedrock of therapy and the energy that propels it forward?
Facing Our Dark Side
Some Forms of Self-Compassion Are Harder than Others
Achieving a genuine state of self-compassion is a more challenging undertaking than many realize. Far from a little feel-better incantation you offer yourself when stressed, it’s a journey into multiple parts of yourself that may include the good, the bad, the ugly, the confused, the frightened, and the abandoned. Read More
Inside the Heart of Healing
When Moment-to-Moment Awareness Isn't Enough
As the mindfulness movement sweeps through our field, many therapists are discovering that traditional contemplative practices grounded in detached self-observation have limits. When we’re overwhelmed with intense and disturbing emotions, just observing moment-to-moment experience is often not enough. Read More
The 5 Myths of Self-Compassion
What Keeps Us from Being Kinder to Ourselves?
There’s now a growing body of research demonstrating that relating to ourselves in a kind, friendly manner is essential for emotional wellbeing. More pointedly, research proves false many of the common myths about self-compassion that keep us trapped in the prison of relentless self-criticism. Read More
Don’t Hit Your Sister!
Understanding the complexities of moral development
It’s Not about the Diet
Building a healthy relationship with food
Developing a mindset for life
Life after Trauma
What are the possibilities for post-traumatic growth?
A Palm under the Moon
A grandpa’s love story