September/October 2022

Editor's Note

September/October 2022
Are therapists ready to work with an older population? In this issue, we explore the changing, sometimes challenging needs that attend aging, as well as the often unforeseen rewards of working with older people and their families.
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Debunking Myths About Aging

The Benefits of Therapy for Older Adults

September/October 2022
Some older people sink into states of depression, apathy, or agitated irritability, but emotional distress in this population is too often seen as part of an inevitable downward spiral, not a temporary and treatable state.
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Cultivating Positive Age Beliefs

The Impact of Ageism on Our Bodies and Minds

September/October 2022
Yale researcher Becca Levy discusses how our beliefs about aging affect our wellbeing, regardless of age.

"You're a Moron"

An Angry Client Embraces Therapy at 92

September/October 2022
At 92, a pugnacious client discovers that it’s never too late to change.
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Colliding into 70

Don’t Send Me a Sympathy Card!

September/October 2022
Getting old is hard. But sometimes, as the body becomes more vulnerable, the spirit becomes fiercer.

Our Aging Families

Encouraging New Conversations between Parents and Adult Children

September/October 2022
A fundamental change has been percolating in how adult children and their aging parents interact.

Laughing with Big Mama

How to Discover the Wise Guide Within You

September/October 2022
A grandmother’s indelible spirit inspires a therapy practice.

Therapy for People Living with Dementia

Creating Possibilities for Clients and Their Families

September/October 2022
With an estimated 6.2 million Americans in need of mental health support tailored to the challenges of dementia, why are so few therapists working with them?

Older Couples, New Narratives

Coming Together with Fresh Purpose

September/October 2022
Longtime couples can still experience new, relationship-testing conflicts.

Sex and the Older Couple

Helping Partners Reimagine Desire

September/October 2022
Plenty of therapists have internalized the common misconception that at a certain point in our lives, humans are no longer interested in sex and intimacy.

The Fear of Exposure Therapy

Reframing Our Approach

September/October 2022
Our willingness to face shared existential struggles right alongside our clients can make exposure therapy not only tolerable, but transformative.

The Therapy Beat

The Ideation Factor: Changing How We Think about Youth Suicide

September/October 2022
Suicidal ideation among teens is overlooked, understudied, and sometimes even willfully ignored.
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In Consultation

Recognizing Medical Trauma: How Therapists Can Intervene

September/October 2022
Despite its pervasiveness, medical trauma often goes unrecognized.

Case Study

"Why Won’t You Like Sports?" The Father–Son Struggle with Gender Expectations

September/October 2022
As young people move forward with new, more flexible frameworks for thinking about gender, it’s not always easy to bring parents along.

Point of View

Confronting the Climate Crisis: Helping Clients Face Uncertainty and Fear

September/October 2022
Psychologist Elizabeth Allured is helping therapists and their clients contend with anxieties about the world’s climate crisis.

Open Book

It’s All in Your Head? A Primer on Chronic Pain

September/October 2022
A new book by physician Haider Warraich reveals the untold story of chronic pain.

Family Matters

Unhappy Campers: When a Guys’ Weekend Goes South

September/October 2022
A nightmare camping trip exposes the limits—and possibilities—of male bonding.
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Practice Tools - September/October

The best therapeutic tools from across the field of psychotherapy . . . on us!

September/October 2022
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September/October 2022
Growing Old in an Ageist Society