January/February 2013

Editor's Note

Fretting Over the Anxious

January/February 2013
Through our lives, most of us develop what can only be called a deeply personal relationship with our anxiety. There’s a good reason for this. A predilection for anxiety was built into our neurophysiological wiring as a kind of evolutionary early-warning system for us hominids in an unpredictable, often hostile environment. Anxiety, in this sense, is like a loyal, somewhat skittish guard dog—maybe too easily aroused, but handy to have growling around the cave when intruders threaten.
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The Anxiety Game

It’s Rigged, so Let’s Change the Rules

January/February 2013
Therapists are supposed to make clients feel safe and secure, creating a cozy haven from a cruel world, right? Well, when it comes to treating anxiety, more clinicians are instructing clients to ramp their fears, while telling themselves how much they welcome the experience.

Living With The Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but Not to Change

January/February 2013
As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.
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Taming The Wild Things

Helping Anxious Kids and Their Parents

January/February 2013
In this age of helicopter parents and protective child professionals, we can often recreate a potent anxiety- reinforcing system around children that not only rewards anxiety, but encourages it to grow and take over even more of the child’s life.

Sympathy For The Devil

Mendota, a Youth-Treatment of Last Resort

January/February 2013
The word psychopath distinguishes hard-bitten predators. Research shows a treatment center—run by shrinks, not wardens—has reduced new violent offenses by 50 percent. What accounts for the Mendota Treatment Center’s success?

Clinician's Digest I

Learning How to Learn: Communities of Practice can reveal new paths to excellence

January/February 2013
Strengthening New Year’s Resolutions

Clinician's Digest II

The Antipsychotic Epidemic

January/February 2013

Clinician's Digest III

Can Video Games Power Up Your Practice?

January/February 2013

In Consultation

Therapy’s Nonverbal Dance: Are You in Step with Your Clients?

January/February 2013
Noticing a client’s nonverbal shifts isn’t enough. You must know what these shifts mean.

Case Study

Treating the Dissociative Child: The Road Back from the Ultimate Loss of Self

January/February 2013
Few cases offer as eerie a therapeutic challenge as a suddenly noncommunicative child, lost in a dissociative shutdown.

Point Of View

The Power of Forgiveness: Cutting the Bonds of Resentfulness

January/February 2013
Frederic Luskin has spent the last 20 years studying forgiveness and why achieving it can be so difficult.

Bookmarks

Driven Crazy: TBI is Claiming the Hearts and Minds of Too Many Vets

January/February 2013
With the U.S. Army suicide rate at an all-time high, there’s a greater need than ever to understand the struggles of soldiers returning from war zones and trying to resume a normal life.

Family Matters

Dilemmas of the “Haveitall” Mom: A Young Mother Struggles with a New Identity

January/February 2013
A young woman confronts the myths and dilemmas of motherhood.
January/February 2013
Treating the Anxious Client
New Directions for Psychotherapy’s Most Common Problem