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Therapy’s Psychedelic Renaissance

A Different Kind of Healing Journey

September/October 2018
It’s been nearly 30 years since SSRIs came on the scene, but despite their ubiquity and pairing with a variety of talk- and body-centered treatments, the rates of PTSD, depression, and anxiety are soaring. Could the ineffable insights and experiences of psychedelic drugs revolutionize the practice of psychotherapy?
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Between Two Worlds

Trauma Treatment on the Edge

September/October 2018
A clinician accustomed to treating trauma in her private practice is also an investigator of an MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research project. From this dual vantage point, she offers her take on the difference psychedelics make in her experience as a healer.

Learning to Bear the Unbearable

How MDMA Works

September/October 2018
As a researcher and outspoken advocate for therapeutic innovation, Bessel van der Kolk has been as influential as anyone in shaping the landscape of trauma therapy today. He describes what’s distinctive about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

Inside the Ayahuasca Experience

When Shamanism Meets Psychotherapy

September/October 2018
A practitioner trained in the orthodox Western model of medicine develops a deep respect for the healing power of psychedelic plants and shamanism. What he discovers is not magic but an often astonishingly rapid pathway to self-realization.

Chronic Pain Reconsidered

A New Role for Therapists

September/October 2018
Only one percent of patients suffering from acute back pain have a significant structural abnormality in their back, and a remarkably low percentage of back surgeries are successful. A physician inspired by the pioneering work of physician John Sarno describes his journey to develop a radical alternative to standard medical interventions with chronic pain.
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Case Study

A Playful Path to Attachment

September/October 2018
Through games that encourage small moments of laughter, a struggling mother and her adopted daughter learn a different way to bond.
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Editor's Note

January/February 2019
In this issue, we hear from therapists who are moving beyond the confines of their offices to work with traumatized communities with enormous needs and few resources for healing. These therapists aren’t superheroes, but their stories challenge us to confront the question of what each of us might offer if we decided to refocus our energies and commitments.
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Survival Skills

Chicago Gang Members Take a Challenging Leap

January/February 2019
In one violent Chicago neighborhood, embattled gang members see themselves as UPOWs—urban prisoners of war. To introduce them to a new set of survival skills, a therapist specializing in complex trauma helps take them off the streets and into the wilderness. Can her unlikely approach, which at times resembles a seminar on brain science, make a real difference in their lives?
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Always on Call

When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work

January/February 2019
Wherever people have been uprooted and stripped raw by the devastating force of war, sudden violence, or natural disaster, you’re likely to find Jim Gordon at work. For 25 years, he’s been bringing the tools of mind–body healing to trouble spots around the globe. His goal? To make himself unnecessary.

Point of View

Theater as Therapy: Can Shakespeare Heal the Trauma of War?

January/February 2019
Stephen Wolfert’s De-Cruit program is giving vets a chance to heal the trauma of war in creative ways.
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