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Learning to Draw the Line

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"In one session, she said that her life outside of therapy was going great, and seeing me was her main problem."

The Challenge of Harm Reduction

Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction Treatment

September/October 2019
Until they’ve done the challenging and sometimes painful work in therapy, many people can’t even begin to imagine curtailing their drug use. For them, therapy is a before, not an after; and their engagement in therapy, rather than their abstinence, is the primary goal of treatment.
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Case Study

The Problem with the Borderline Diagnosis: Getting Beyond the Label

September/October 2019
Have we unfairly pathologized clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Our Calling

A Wounded Healer’s Journey

January/February 2020
As therapists, our job is to do our best for our clients. But even our best efforts can’t always ensure that therapy will help, or even that we don’t do harm.
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The Outcast

A Hard Road to an Unexpected Connection

November/December 2020
How do you work with a client who intentionally tries to break every rule of therapy, spoken and implicit?

The Therapy Beat

The Effects of COVID-19 on Addiction Treatment

November/December 2020
The pandemic continues to strain small addiction clinics and their struggling clients.

Point of View

The Narcissism Trap: Navigating High-Conflict Personality Styles

November/December 2020
An expert on narcissism discusses how to help clients get clear about gaslighting and other abuses in their relationships.

Bridging the Gap

School–Therapy Collaboration in Trying Times

January/February 2021
Although it’s never been easy to take oh-so-familiar systems principles and put them to work in real life, the devastating sweep of the pandemic has made collaboration between schools and therapists more important than ever.

The Black Youth Suicide Epidemic

Confronting Misconceptions and Inequities

January/February 2021
Self-harm is not a culturally specific phenomenon, but it’s often misunderstood and overlooked in Black children by a society that forces them to grow up faster than white children.
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Reaching “Unreachable” Teens & Tweens

12 Tips to Get You in the Side Door

January/February 2021
Building a relationship with heavily armored, developmentally regressed, profoundly sad adolescents is no small feat. They don’t exactly let you in the front door.
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