September/October 2012

Editor's Note

Playing the Conversational Instrument

September/October 2012
Even though talking and listening to people may come naturally to most therapists (if not, we’re in the wrong profession), as the writers in this issue make abundantly clear, it takes conscious thought and long practice to become reliably adept at engaging clients in real conversation, and not anxiously falling back on what sounds like a routinized, Saturday Night Live parody of therapyspeak.
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One Brick at a Time

Therapy is More Craft Than Art or Science

September/October 2012
In this era of medical necessity and evidence-based therapies, it’s easy to lose sight of a basic truth. We heal not through prescriptions and procedures, but through talking and listening.
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How Conversation Sparks Therapeutic Change

The Search for the Unspoken Self

September/October 2012
When we trust in ourselves to follow the signals of life that the patient emits in seemingly casual conversation, we increase chances of stepping outside the stable confines of our theoretical models to enjoy an unexpected encounter.

Why Teens Hate Therapy

Mistakes Therapists Should Avoid

September/October 2012
It’s probably fair to say that most teens loathe the very idea of therapy. Yet, with confused and troubled adolescents needing our help more than ever, the gap between our grad school training and what works in real-life practice continues to widen.
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Visions Of A Sustainable Planet

We Need to Expand Our Moral Imagination

September/October 2012
We live in a culture of denial, especially about the grim reality of climate change. Sure, we want to savor the occasional shrimp cocktail without having to brood about ruined mangroves, but we can’t solve a problem we can’t face.

Clinician's Digest

September/October 2012
- Analysis for autism - Researchers' reliance on college students - New off-label PTSD medications - Is manhood in danger

In Consultation

The Truth About Bullying: How therapists can help harassed kids

September/October 2012
While some believe the incidence of school bullying has reached epidemic proportions, therapists remain largely uninformed about the nature of the problem and what to do about it.

Case Study

How to Heal the Angry Brain: Mad Men

September/October 2012
Men with anger problems are generally highly reluctant clients who come to our offices only because they’ve gotten “the ultimatum” from their wives, girlfriends, or bosses. Fortunately, understanding the angry brain can help build their motivation for change.

Point Of View

Psyche and Soma: How Our Bodies Reveal Our Inner Experience

September/October 2012
For more than 25 years, Pat Ogden has been at the forefront of developing somatic approaches that can succeed where the talking cure fails.

Bookmarks

Creatures of Habit: Understanding the automatic loops that shape our lives

September/October 2012
A surprise bestseller shows us the crucial roles that even minor habits can play in individual and group behavior.

Family Matters

Isle of Dreams: Searching for a lost self in the Ould Sod

September/October 2012
Sometimes the places we long to visit speak to needs that go much deeper than our appetite for exotic sights.
September/October 2012
The Craft of Conversation
Would you open up to this therapist?