The talking cure goes beyond words
As we learn more about the brain, it becomes apparent that therapists need to pay at least as much attention to the body and nervous system (both their own and their clients') as to the words, emotions, and meaning-making processes of the mind.
A therapist confronts the unthinkable
Some years ago, Rwanda was the hellish scene of one of the most ferocious genocides in history. A therapist who traveled there reports on what it's like to confront the unthinkable.
Following through on a $50 impulse
Each year, thousands of poor Nepalese girls "disappear" from their villages. On an impulse, an American therapist winds up devoting himself to ending these disappearances.
Facing disaster in your own backyard
When disaster strikes close to home, the emotional shock waves make business as usual impossible for both therapists and clients.
Suddenly Strangers: Iraq War Vets, PTSD, and the Challenge of Relationship
With tens of thousands of Iraq War vets with PTSD returning home, therapists increasingly face the challenge of helping them with their troubled marriages.
A View From Inside A Behavioral Health Team
Attending to clients' mental health issues as part of a behavioral health team can be both stressful and exhilarating.
Treating children in the crosshairs of trauma
The tragic confrontation at Waco, Texas, in 1993 taught us much about what to do to help traumatized children, and perhaps even more about what not to do.
There are those who step beyond the usual comfort zone of therapeutic practice, at the risk of finding both their personal safety and their entire worldview being challenged. Such forays into the wider world force us to reconsider the nature of our work, what our responsibilities really are, and whether we're truly up to them. This issue on war-related trauma invites us to perceive the world on a scale much larger than the comfortable precincts of our own consulting rooms.
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The Challenge of Helping Iraq War Vets
Will all we've learned about treating combat stress and psychological trauma since Vietnam help us handle the tsunami of mental health problems the Iraq War is stirring up?
Recovering from Trauma in War-Ravaged Gaza
A psychiatrist who's worked in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Israel leads a team of healthcare professionals into war-ravaged Gaza to see if Western healing methods can be transported into different cultures to help people deal with war-related trauma.
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