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The Stories We Live

In therapy--as in Fiction--There’s Always Possibility

July/August 2011
Both doing psychotherapy and the writing of fiction are about stories. The essence of the art of both pursuits is the openness to the possibility that, no matter how small, no matter how fleeting, things might not only be different, but, perhaps, better.

Family Matters

Swept Away: Discovering the world of the senses

January/February 2010
A young woman discovers the world of the senses.

Family Matters

Travels With Blue: A Car with Heart Becomes a Soulmate

September/October 2009
A love affair between a man and his car.


Expanding Darwin: The Evolutionary Value of Art

September/October 2009
A new book argues that storytelling, the foundation of most psychotherapy, is an evolutionary adaptation that vastly expanded the range of human possibility.

Reality Shows

November/December 2009
Is there any place more filled with despair and dread than an emergency room in the middle of the night?

Ultimate Questions

A Therapist Confronts Her Own Magical Thinking

May/June 2009
A client's unexpected announcement makes a therapist confront her illusions of invulnerability.

The Tao of Improv

Embracing life on the edge

January/February 2009
Improvisational theater offers a unique way of approaching relationships—and psychotherapy—that's generous rather than closed, support rather than competitive, organic rather than scripted.

The Non-Remembrance of Things Past

January/February 2009
Has your memory become erratic, unreliable, fuzzy at the edges, or nowhere to be found, like those barely remembered dreams that wriggle out of your grasp in the middle of the night? If so, take heart! You're not alone.

Case Studies

Alone without Loneliness: Discovering the satisfactions of single-womanhood

January/February 2009
A young woman who's on her own for the first time discovers the difference between being alone and being lonely.

Breaking Through

Poet David Whyte Invites Us to the Edge of Discovery

November/December 2008
Poet David Whyte offers an idiosyncratic fusion of verse, myth, story, and personal charisma, demonstrating to audiences all over the world that psychology doesn't go far enough in making us face the "dangerous truths" of life.
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