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Helper Syndrome

When Are We Enough?

September/October 2021
Is the problem of compassion fatigue that we get tired of being compassionate toward others—or that we aren’t being compassionate toward ourselves?

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In Consultation

I’d Rather Clean the Toilet than Write Progress Notes: Making Peace With An Essential Task

September/October 2021
Writing progress notes doesn’t have to be a bore.

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Leaning Into Grief

September/October 2021
When you do the work that we do, it’s important to find ways to take care of yourself. You can’t always carve out lots of time to devote to self-care, but we have ways to prioritize it.

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Learning the Art of Being

September/October 2021
It isn’t easy to learn self-care. Sometimes, you need to go through a fiery furnace to arrive at a place of centeredness.

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Love After Lockdown

What Follows Togetherness Overload

September/October 2021
For some couples, staying home together during COVID improved their sex lives. But many have reported the opposite experience. Now that re-entry is here, what are they to do?

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Point of View

Unhealed Bodies: Looking at Ancestral Trauma

September/October 2021
Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands, discusses racialized trauma and a body-based path to healing.

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Practice Tools - September/October 2021

The DBT Emotions Chart, adapted from Lane Pederson’s workbook The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual

September/October 2021
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Surviving the Post-Partum Storm

September/October 2021
I know this experience will give me more knowledge to help others—that’s how I have to reframe it. As I’ve recovered, I’ve felt how strong and resilient I am, and I want to help other mothers feel the same way.

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Talking About the Nightmare

September/October 2021
Sometimes, trying to stay calm under pressure sets you up for dealing with it in isolation. It feels counterintuitive to head toward vulnerability. That was my story. I was trained not to be vulnerable.

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The Ambivalence Trap

Liberating Ourselves from the Pursuit of Perfection

September/October 2021
A psychiatrist questions taking her own medicine.

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The Therapy Beat

Surrogate Partner Therapy: Crossing Lines or Expanding Boundaries?

September/October 2021
The debate around surrogate partner therapy.

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Vulnerable Together

Therapists Share Their Own Mental Health Struggles

September/October 2021
Despite our best intentions, sometimes our problems grow so big that they slam into our work—and the result can be surprising.

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When Therapists Struggle with Suicidality

Releasing Ourselves from Stigma and Shame

September/October 2021
Many therapists wrestle with the same problems we help our clients tame. But the myth that therapists are masters of their own mental health makes it especially shocking when one dies by suicide.

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September/October 2021
Who Heals the Healers?
How Our Struggles Shape Our Practice
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Practice Tools - July/August 2021

Internal Family Systems’s 6 F’s Model from Frank Anderson’s Transcending Trauma

July/August 2021
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Bookmarks

A Cacophony of Opinion: Can We Trust "Expert" Judgment?

July/August 2021
Why is it that two or more experts in a given field can look at identical case histories and data and come up with broadly differing assessments and evaluations?

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Case Study

"I'm Not That Guy": Navigating the New Couples Conversation

July/August 2021
Discovering how ghosts and global issues have permeated relationship bonds in new ways.

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Conspiracy Theories in the Therapy Encounter

July/August 2021
Conspiracy theories might be considered a dangerous kind of delusion. So how do you address them when they show up in the therapy room?

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Dispatches from the Yellow Brick Road

A Journey Through Delusion and Back

July/August 2021
A terrifying journey shows just how much psychotic delusions are embedded in the unquestioned essence of a person’s thinking—as true as ocean, ground, and sky.

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Editor's Note

July/August 2021
In the therapy field, especially, we tend to view self-deception as a path to any number of bad ends, like a sense of failure when reality collides with fantasy, or making ill-begotten choices. Of course, illusions do carry these hazards, and plenty of others! But as science journalist Shankar Vedantam argues in our lead piece, perhaps we need to widen our lens beyond what’s true or not, and ask what function an illusion is serving. What are the consequences? Might there be occasions when the benefits justify the costs?

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Family Matters

Something Close to Warmth: A Daughter's Search for Meaning

July/August 2021
Finding solace after the death of an absent father.

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In Consultation

The Threat Response of Appease: Do You Know It When You See It?

July/August 2021
How can therapists address historical trauma and the common threat response of appeasement?

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July/August 2021
Necessary Illusions
Do You See What I See?
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Point of View

The Angry Therapist: Transparency as a Therapeutic Tool

July/August 2021
John Kim believes that a therapist’s own vulnerability helps clients feel comfortable enough to bare their own souls—and he practices what he preaches.

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The Fox and the Hedgehog

Flexibility and Focus in the Therapy Room

July/August 2021
As a therapist, is it better to adapt an eclectic approach or specialize in the one you believe in most? Perhaps the answer isn’t as simple as it seems.

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