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Editor's Note

March/April 2020
Something’s afoot in the therapy world, and some clinicians will surely wrinkle their brows at it. Although it comes in various forms, the catchiest term for it is microtherapy. Can these single-session encounters help meet the growing demand for therapy? Is it all some clients need or want? How effective is it really?
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A Need for Speed?

How Therapists Can Meet a Growing Demand

March/April 2020
The push in popular culture to raise awareness about mental health means more and more people are seeking help. With resources limited, often where they’re needed most, some therapists are touting a range of ultrabrief therapies as crucial to expanding the field’s reach and impact. But can such short interventions really make a difference?

The Tyranny of Time

How Long Does Effective Therapy Really Take?

March/April 2020
Consider what it takes to master any new and complex skill, say learning a language, playing a musical instrument, or becoming adept at carpentry. If someone promised to make you an expert in six months, you’d suspect they were selling snake oil. Meaningful personal development takes time and effort. Why would psychotherapy be any different?
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The Warm Handoff

Therapists’ Expanding Role in Healthcare

March/April 2020
In a country where one in five primary care patients has a diagnosable behavioral health issue, setting up doctors and therapists to work hand in hand may be the key to creating a more accessible, affordable, and effective healthcare system.

Braving the Unknown

The Search for New Solutions

September/October 2020
We once believed that following in the footsteps of the medical model would ensure the viability of mental health professionals. But in the face of growing evidence that what we’re doing is neither working nor sustainable, one innovative clinic decides it’s time to change course.
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Editor's Note

November/December 2020
The overwhelming shift to teletherapy this year represents the first wave of a sea change in the field of therapy—nothing less. We’ll need to marshal all the creativity and skill we’ve got to become active, thoughtful participants in this process.
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The Surprising Intimacy of Phone Sessions

Turning off the Camera, Turning on the Connection

November/December 2020
Some clients and therapists strongly prefer the old-fashioned phone to video sessions. What’s so transformative about turning off the camera?

Going Virtual with Couples

From Skeptic to Believer

November/December 2020
Online couples therapy can be tough, especially with a high-stakes case. The developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy dives into the deep end with a couple living in the Arctic.

CoronaGifts

How Teletherapy Changed My Life and My Practice

November/December 2020
The pandemic has showed us just how much our clients need us—and how much we need to tend to ourselves. For some therapists, this has meant reimagining their entire practice.

Reaching Out in Nervous Times

Polyvagal Theory Encounters Teletherapy

November/December 2020
Connecting with clients on a nervous-system level is especially important to therapists working from a polyvagal framework. But is it possible to offer coregulation through a screen?
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