May/June 2013

Editor's Note

When the Tough Get Therapy

May/June 2013
There are some clients who yell at us, manipulate us, go broodingly silent on us, have uncontrollable emotional breakdowns in session, disappear for weeks at a time, ignore our advice, and later blame us when their lives don’t improve. The normal rules of genteel reciprocity, so willingly respected by our “nice” clients, are routinely trashed by these “tough customers.” What do we do?
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Is Resistance Dead?

Or Have the Rumors Been Exaggerated?

May/June 2013
With all the recent developments in research, theory, and practice, we have more treatment options to choose from than ever before. Why then do so many practitioners still find client “resistance” a regular companion in their consulting rooms?
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When Therapy Is Going Nowhere

Escaping the “Groundhog Day” Cycle

May/June 2013
Why do we get stuck in “Groundhog Day therapy”—cases in which we spin our wheels from session to session? Before lurching on to alternative treatment strategies, the key to progress is recognizing the need to shift the therapist–client relationship.
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Depathologizing The Borderline Client

Learning to Manage Our Fears

May/June 2013
Inevitably, given their history of trauma, many borderline clients will trigger their therapists from time to time. But forgoing the urge to blame these clients and taking responsibility for what’s happening inside you can become a turning point in therapy.

Breaking The Spell

7 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck

May/June 2013
When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break the spell, broaden the vision, and open ourselves to possibilities outside the tunnel.

On With The Show

Celebrating the Craft at Symposium

May/June 2013
This year, 3,000 practitioners came to our annual Symposium to explore the fundamental question: are we any closer to unraveling the mysteries of psychotherapy than when Freud became the first therapist to complain about client “resistance”?

In Consultation

Peer Supervision Groups that Work: Three Steps That Make a Difference

May/June 2013
Peer consultation groups offer all kinds of rich possibilities for learning and collegial support---as long as you set them up properly.

Case Study

Women Who Cheat: Understanding the Message of the Affair

May/June 2013
Far from being evidence of marital bankruptcy, a woman’s affair can be a way of expressing a desire for a different self and an opportunity to breathe life into a suffocating relationship.

Point Of View

Is Technology Changing Our Minds? What Therapists Need to Know in the Digital Age

May/June 2013
Psychiatrist and neuroscientist Gary Small on what therapists should know about how technology is altering our brains, for both good and ill.

Bookmarks

Is Now Really Better? Lessons from Traditional Societies

May/June 2013
Jared Diamond’s new book explores the many lessons modern cultures can draw from the wisdom of small-scale, preindustrial societies.

Family Matters

Desperate Love: A Father Faces an Impossible Choice

May/June 2013
With his son’s freedom hanging in the balance, a father must decide whether to give the gift of forgiveness one more time.
May/June 2013
Tough Customers
Is it Them or Us?