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The Power of How

Helping Depressed Clients Make Better Choices: An Interview with Michael Yapko

November/December 2014
One of the most useful ways of understanding depression is the stress generation model, based on the idea that depressed people need better skills and resources for managing life challenges so that they don’t wind up feeling trapped and victimized in their own lives.

In Consultation

The Many Guises of OCD

November/December 2014

Enduring recovery from obsessive compulsive disorder means riding out the demands of an inner bully.

Editor's Note

Trauma, the alluring diagnosis of the therapy profession.

May/June 2014
No other single condition tests the therapeutic relationship quite so stringently, demands so much from the clinician, or combines so many disparate treatment challenges in one messy package as the traumatized client.
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Outside the Box

Bringing Families into Trauma Treatment

May/June 2014
If we don’t open up the one-on-one therapeutic cloister, trauma sufferers may never learn how to engage in the give and take of real-life relationships. By failing to include their families, we too often fail to help them weave change into their daily lives.

When Victims Victimize Others

Some Clients Challenge our Capacity for Compassion

May/June 2014
Most therapists find it relatively easy to feel empathy for the usual hyperaroused, vulnerable trauma client. But it can be a lot tougher to remain nonjudgmental and receptive with dissociative clients who’ve done horrible things to traumatize others.
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Case Study

Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

May/June 2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.

Bookmarks

12 Missteps? The evidence that AA works is many steps behind

May/June 2014

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

The authors of a provocative new book argue that, despite its sterling reputation, alcoholics anonymous has one of the worst success rates in all of medicine.

Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

March/April 2014
Using humor to help clients reconstruct their problems, even to the point of making parodies of their own dilemmas, can help some them get distance from their woes, learn to take themselves less seriously, and perhaps even gain a bit of wisdom.

Case Study

Whose Therapy Is It Anyway? When Your Client Is Uncommitted to Change

March/April 2014
When we find ourselves haunted by a particular case, it may mean that we’re more invested in the client making changes than the client is himself.

Case Study

Letting Go of Hate: How to help clients change unconscious responses

July/August 2014
Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the ground.
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