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Retirement from the Inside Out

A Late-Life Identity Crisis

The loss of roles, structure, and purpose that accompanies retirement may trigger a late-life identity crisis. As clinicians, we need to assist clients in asking a deeper question: “Who am I now?”

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Escaping the Rut of Regret

Five Creative Approaches to Letting Go

A client has a lot of regret about past decisions he’s made, and although his therapist has talked with him about them at length, the client still can't seem to move on. Here, five therapists offer effective, creative ways of helping clients like these work with regret.

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A Difficult Reconnection After Estrangement

Helping an Adult Child Heal

A client who’s been estranged from his mother for 15 years recently told his therapist he wants to reconnect with her. The therapist isn't sure how to support him, since there's a history of abuse there. Here, five therapists weigh in.

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On Turning Pain into Power

An Interview with Dr. Shefali

The clinician and bestselling author discusses her new book and what it means to "alchemize" pain.

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A Simple Practice for Finding Light in the Dark

Helping Kids Remain Calm When the World Seems Scary

Given the wildfires, Covid variants, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes and periods of social unrest that abound these days, the world can feel like a scary place. Use this quick meditation to help find comfort during sleepless nights.

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"Networker Live" with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

Networker content editor Meaghan Winter sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, pioneer of America's first mental health court and author of "A Court of Refuge." The pair discussed Lerner-Wren's activism, in addition to the concept of therapeutic justice, mental health care reform, and much, much more.

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To Take Notes or Not to Take Notes?

When a Valuable Tool Becomes a Distraction

When a therapist begins to sense that her in-session note taking may be distracting her clients and impeding their work together, she begins to wonder whether it's doing more harm than good. Five therapists offer their take on how to proceed.

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Should Therapists Go Back to an Office?

Deepening Our Work “Off Stage”

Seeing clients through the COVID-19 crisis has shown us not only that psychotherapy can be effective outside the traditional frame—complete with an office, couch, and a therapist who never breaks character—but also that shattering the frame when necessary, and allowing our humble humanness to be present, is actually necessary to connect with each unique client.

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To Interrupt Anxiety, Try Singing

An Interview with Margaret Wehrenberg

Over the last year and a half, therapists have been pushed to the limit listening to clients worry, ruminate, grieve, and suffer in magnified ways. And we’ve all been suspended in similar uncertainty. Psychotherapy Networker talked with Margaret Wehrenberg, therapist and author of Pandemic Anxiety: Fear, Stress, and Loss in Traumatic Times, about how clinicians can help interrupt their clients’ anxious thought loops.

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Forging Your Own Path

A Graduate Student’s Training Dilemma

A graduate student has to pick a focus to train on, but is unsure of which to choose. Here, clinicians offer advice.

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The Breaking Point

Supporting Fragile and Separating Couples

As clinicians, we need to keep alert to the struggles couples have had during the pandemic and find ways to support those who couldn’t hold together under the pressures created by this grueling year.

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The Pager Incident

From Therapeutic Stagnation to Growth

A decades-long therapeutic relationship shares some of the same elements as a marriage of similar length: the commitment to stay, the ups and downs, the intimacy, and the tendency to fall into the rut of assuming you know the other person. Keeping both fresh requires a strong bond, a willingness to be vulnerable, and most importantly, a willingness to learn from the consequences of your actions.

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Strengthening Personal Boundaries

The Bioenergetic Approach

The bioenergetic approach is a strong model for helping clients understand and assert boundaries, since it relies heavily on body-based interventions and movement to increase feeling, expand awareness, and promote overall health. When working with the body in therapy, clients often become more aware of the relational trauma they’ve suppressed.

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Navigating the Rift

A Therapeutic Rupture and the Art of Repair

After being insulted by a difficult client, this therapist doesn't know how to proceed. Here, seven clinicians weigh in.

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Can We Go Back?

A Therapist Contemplates a Return to the Office

All of us, therapists and clients alike, have been forced to adapt to the reality of living in a pandemic. But as we catch our collective breath, we must confront the fact that the pandemic opened a Pandora’s box of questioning what once seemed non-negotiable.

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Sex Post-Covid

Healing the Rifts

Lockdown provoked a wide range of emotions among partnered people, including an increase in anxiety, fear, loneliness, boredom and frustration. It’s been hard on almost everyone. For one throuple, it provided a turning point.

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"Networker Live" with J.C. Hall

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

This week, the Networker's assistant editor, Chris Lyford, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with hip hop artist and therapist, J.C. Hall.

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Becoming a Yoga Therapist

Joanne Spence on Trauma-Informed Practices

Joanne Spence, a social worker turned yoga therapist and author of "Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists," talked to Psychotherapy Networker about how therapists of all kinds can incorporate yoga into their work treating trauma. Yoga can offer immediate relief, Spence says, and therapists don’t have to become yoga experts to use its practices to help their clients.

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Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Loss a Year Later

It’s critical for clinicians to recognize anniversary reactions. When clients describe their experiences as depression, we naturally think of solutions like prescribing medication, talking about relationships, or finding ways to raise energy and reframe negative thoughts. But those methods to lift mood won’t be productive when the suffering is mourning. Grief requires a different process than depression: reflecting on the loss, which is real and should be honored as significant.

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Wisdom, or Yesterday’s News?

The Older Therapist in the Younger Practice

An older therapist is beginning to feel insecure about their age and is considering whether to dive into new trainings or retire. Five clinicians offer advice.

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The Year of Canceled Plans

Coping with Loss as Disappointment

As all of us in the United States move into the coming months, a full year into COVID life, our personal losses will come into focus. If we don’t process them, they’ll be magnified. As therapists, we can be on the lookout for symptoms of anniversary reactions in our clients, and with our help, our clients can both recognize what they’ve lost and what they can still share with their friends and family.

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Close to Home

When the Problem You Treat Becomes Your Problem Too

A couples therapist is going through an emotionally wrenching separation from their partner and finding it hard to treat clients. Five clinicians offer advice.

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Submit to Clinician's Quandary!

Let Us Know How YOU Would Tackle This Situation in Your Practice...

Even the best therapists rely on advice from peers. In the spirit of building community, we're introducing Clinician's Quandary, a new forum where you can weigh in on how you'd handle a particular clinical quagmire. Here's this month's Quandary.

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How Can White Therapists Support Asian American Clients?

Being a Good Clinician and Ally

Recent racial attacks have been perpetrated against people who look like me. I’m a female-presenting Asian American clinician, and many of my colleagues have been asking me the best way to support their Asian and Asian American clients. I wish I had a simple answer, but I don’t, and I don’t believe there is one.

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The Moment the Session Ends

Six Strategies for Couples

Since the pandemic began, many of us have been meeting with clients virtually, peering into their lives through the window of a screen. But what happens when the Zoom call ends, the laptop closes, and clients are left to deal with raw, complicated feelings in close proximity to the very person whose presence stirs up those feelings?

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