May/June 2016

Editor's Note

May/June 2016
At this year's Symposium, we invited veteran therapists to tell their true stories of their “most unforgettable session,” and those stories are the focus of this issue. Each takes you deep inside an experience with a client that turned that therapist inside out, jolting them out of their comfortable expectations into an interaction that allowed something extraordinary to take place. Prepare yourself for some unusually honest and probing explorations into both the pitfalls and rewards of practicing the therapist’s craft, including the occasional impossibility of distinguishing between the two.
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What's Your Most Memorable Therapeutic Moment?

Six Master Clinicians Share Their Reflections

May/June 2016
Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapists's career, what makes certain ones stand out? We asked six widely respected clinicians to tell the story of a particular experience that lives on for them. This special feature collects those tales of taking creative leaps in the dark and stumbling toward insight.
  • "Crossing to Safety" by Courtney Armstrong
  • "Happy New Year?" by Ron Taffel
  • "Keeping the Faith" by Mary Jo Barrett
  • "In the Valley of the Shadow" by Margie Nichols
  • "The Uninvited Guest" by Hedy Schleifer
  • "The Found and the Lost" by Terry Real

From Attachment to Creativity

Highlights from the 2016 Symposium

May/June 2016
At a time in which our society seems immersed in a toxic stew of fear and anger, this year's Symposium provided a celebration of human values and ideas that seem to be vanishing from our public discourse. Here's a taste of a few of its particularly stellar moments.
  • "Our Trichotillomania of the Soul" by Rich Simon
  • "The Path of Surprise and Discovery" by David Whyte
  • "The View from Black America" by Kenneth Hardy
  • "The Dance of Sex" by Susan Johnson
  • "The Wisdom of Mad Men" by William Doherty
  • "How Hard Times Can Open the Heart" by Rick Hanson
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The Power of the Unexpected

In Therapy, Both Ritual and Novelty Matter

May/June 2016
The brain endlessly churns out predictions about what will happen next, and when it comes to therapy outcomes, these expectations matter.

Clinician's Digest

Extending the Circle of Care

May/June 2016
A grassroots effort to serve the mental health needs of veterans enables therapists to extend to their impact.

In Consultation

The Rewards of Caregiving: Escaping Negative Cycles

May/June 2016
How to help beleaguered caretakers of elderly parents find meaning and purpose in a challenging task.
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Case Study

Managing Hecklers in the Therapy Room: An Ex-Comedian Puts Her Old Skills to Use

May/June 2016
What do the rules of comedy have to do with the practice of psychotherapy? More than you think.
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Point of View

The Five Love Languages: Translating Intention into Connection

May/June 2016
An interview with the author of The 5 Love Languages, a book that's sold over 8 million copies, explains its remarkable success.


Unraveling the Mind-Body Mystery: A Survey of the Latest Research

May/June 2016
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body
Therapists may be fascinated with harnessing the mind-body connection in their work, but what has science taught us about separating hype from solid evidence of its clinical efficacy?
May/June 2016
Unexpected Gifts
Six Master Therapists Recall Their Most Unforgettable Sessions