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Facing the Waves

Therapy in the Surf Circle

May/June 2021
Learning to surf requires awareness, focus, and flexibility—perhaps the most essential qualities for navigating the complexities of life. For some young clients, the ocean is proving to be a powerful co-therapist.
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Editor's Note

May/June 2021
I’m inspired by the courage of the therapists featured in this issue, who are stretching beyond their customary professional roles to apply their clinical skills in new ways. It takes commitment, an adventurous spirit, and often it’s a juggling act. But their common goal—and their passion—is to expand access to those too often shut out of the mental health system.
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Community Wisdom

Walking in Balance with Indigenous Cultures

May/June 2021
In working with an Indigenous community, a therapist learns the importance of walking with his clients, not out in front of them.

Access for All

Tackling Therapy’s Biggest Challenge

May/June 2021
Will screening peer counselors for empathy create an affordable, effective option for the tens of millions of Americans who can’t access therapy, or perhaps don’t want it?

Therapeutic Skills in the Workplace

Confronting Racial Wounds

May/June 2021
Just like families, coworkers often need help talking honestly and listening deeply, especially when it comes to issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion. How can therapists help?

Courts of Dignity

Replacing Punishment with Compassion

May/June 2021
A movement to integrate trauma-informed care into our justice system aims to decriminalize mental illness and address a foundational cause of mass incarceration.
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Hip Hop Therapy

The Healing Power of Giving Kids the Mic

May/June 2021
The process of creating beats and lyrics is rooted in therapeutic practices. At one South Bronx high school, a school social worker has traded the therapy room for the music studio.
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The Therapy Beat

Psychedelic Therapy and Racial Trauma: Offering Clients a Deeper Experience of Healing

May/June 2021
Can psychedelic therapy offer a faster, deeper way to heal the intergenerational effects of racial injustice?

In Consultation

Gender-Affirmative Therapy for Kids: What Parents Need to Know

May/June 2021
Supporting transgender children doesn’t always mean rushing toward medical intervention.

Case Study

Evoking the Inner Artist: How to Replace Discomfort with Creativity

May/June 2021
Vulnerability, doubt, fear, and uncertainty—feelings most people try to avoid—are essential to cultivating creativity.
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