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Upgrading the Software: A One-Session Cure for An Obnoxious Habit

July/August 2016
Sometimes there’s no need for a detailed assessment of a client’s entire life history and their family relationships, especially when the desired outcome is changing an automatic habit like nose-picking.

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Clinician's Digest

Has Porn Become a Public Health Crisis?

July/August 2016
Has pornography become a public health crisis?

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Editor's Note

July/August 2016
Today, with all the presumed advances therapists have made in reducing mental suffering from previously untreatable conditions, is there a solution, a cure, a fix for OCD? As with so many difficult emotional conditions, the answer is far from simple, not least because OCD appears to bear a strong genetic component. Still, we have more knowledge about how to recognize it, and how to distinguish it from other conditions that it often mimics, including PTSD, depression, and even psychosis. More importantly, many specialists working with OCD employ some variation on what two authors for this issue, Martin Seif and Sally Winston, call “upside-down therapy,” an approach that seems to break, or at least bend, the rules of what many of us have been taught is good clinical practice.

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Family Matters

Kendall’s Prom: A Special Daughter’s Special Night

July/August 2016
An young woman with autism celebrates a very special night.

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In Consultation

Moving through Grief

July/August 2016
How Kübler-Ross’s stage model of dealing with loss can help grieving clients heal.

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Learning to Manage the OCD Bully

A Therapeutic Odyssey

July/August 2016
An OCD sufferer describes the frustrating stops and starts and misdirections of her circuitous search for help in escaping the maze of her family of origin and the deep-seated tropes in her own brain.

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Life, Death, and a Good Cigar

Freud Chose to Face the End on His Own Terms

July/August 2016
For most of us, death is a subject hovering in the shadows of our lives, willfully ignored until it’s suddenly standing rudely before us, the world’s worst party crasher. But the supremely self-willed Sigmund Freud began preparing for death many decades before the actual event, determined not to be cowed by it. For him, anything less would’ve been a blot on psychoanalysis.

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July/August 2016
OCD
Is There Any Way to Turn It Off?
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OCD and Children

It’s a Family Affair

July/August 2016
OCD in children can operate like a kind of cult leader, demanding acceptance of an extreme view of a perilous reality and offering solutions that can’t be resisted, no matter how absurd they may sound. Given the overwhelming fear and worry the condition generates, falling in line with the cult leader can seem like the best strategy—except that it doesn’t work.

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Point of View

Introvert Power: Susan Cain Wants to Correct a Cultural Bias

July/August 2016
Susan Cain, the bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, believes that our world has been ruled by extroverts long enough.

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Upside-Down Psychotherapy

Breaking the Rules with Our OCD Clients

July/August 2016
It’s now clear that much of what therapists do for people suffering from OCD actually worsens the problem. Providing empathic reassurance, rational disputation, and coping skills to manage anxiety only serves to refuel the obsession. So how do you avoid the dead end of co-compulsing with your clients?

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Bookmarks

Unraveling the Mind-Body Mystery: A Survey of the Latest Research

May/June 2016
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body
Therapists may be fascinated with harnessing the mind-body connection in their work, but what has science taught us about separating hype from solid evidence of its clinical efficacy?

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Managing Hecklers in the Therapy Room: An Ex-Comedian Puts Her Old Skills to Use

May/June 2016
What do the rules of comedy have to do with the practice of psychotherapy? More than you think.

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Clinician's Digest

Extending the Circle of Care

May/June 2016
A grassroots effort to serve the mental health needs of veterans enables therapists to extend to their impact.

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Family Matters

The Voices We Hear: Giving up the Illusion of Specialness

A big part of growing up is letting go of our need to prove to the world, and ourselves, that we're special.

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In Consultation

The Rewards of Caregiving: Escaping Negative Cycles

May/June 2016
How to help beleaguered caretakers of elderly parents find meaning and purpose in a challenging task.

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Point of View

The Five Love Languages: Translating Intention into Connection

May/June 2016
An interview with the author of The 5 Love Languages, a book that's sold over 8 million copies, explains its remarkable success.

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The Power of the Unexpected

In Therapy, Both Ritual and Novelty Matter

May/June 2016
The brain endlessly churns out predictions about what will happen next, and when it comes to therapy outcomes, these expectations matter.

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Editor's Note

May/June 2016
At this year's Symposium, we invited veteran therapists to tell their true stories of their “most unforgettable session,” and those stories are the focus of this issue. Each takes you deep inside an experience with a client that turned that therapist inside out, jolting them out of their comfortable expectations into an interaction that allowed something extraordinary to take place. Prepare yourself for some unusually honest and probing explorations into both the pitfalls and rewards of practicing the therapist’s craft, including the occasional impossibility of distinguishing between the two.

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From Attachment to Creativity

Highlights from the 2016 Symposium

May/June 2016
At a time in which our society seems immersed in a toxic stew of fear and anger, this year's Symposium provided a celebration of human values and ideas that seem to be vanishing from our public discourse. Here's a taste of a few of its particularly stellar moments.
  • "Our Trichotillomania of the Soul" by Rich Simon
  • "The Path of Surprise and Discovery" by David Whyte
  • "The View from Black America" by Kenneth Hardy
  • "The Dance of Sex" by Susan Johnson
  • "The Wisdom of Mad Men" by William Doherty
  • "How Hard Times Can Open the Heart" by Rick Hanson

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May/June 2016
Unexpected Gifts
Six Master Therapists Recall Their Most Unforgettable Sessions
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What's Your Most Memorable Therapeutic Moment?

Six Master Clinicians Share Their Reflections

May/June 2016
Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapists's career, what makes certain ones stand out? We asked six widely respected clinicians to tell the story of a particular experience that lives on for them. This special feature collects those tales of taking creative leaps in the dark and stumbling toward insight.
  • "Crossing to Safety" by Courtney Armstrong
  • "Happy New Year?" by Ron Taffel
  • "Keeping the Faith" by Mary Jo Barrett
  • "In the Valley of the Shadow" by Margie Nichols
  • "The Uninvited Guest" by Hedy Schleifer
  • "The Found and the Lost" by Terry Real

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Bookmarks

Examining the Science of Torture: The Price of Coercive Interrogation

March/April 2016
Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation. A startling new book exposes how much more the military’s embrace of enhanced interrogation tactics in the war on terror was influenced by Hollywood, rather than scientific evidence.

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Supporting the Overwhelmed Child: Sometimes It Just Takes Time

March/April 2016
A school counselor’s patient work with a sad, uncommunicative young boy demonstrates what a difference just being there can make. * Commentary by Janet Sasson Edgette

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Clinician's Digest

The Aftermath of the Paris Attacks

March/April 2016
Therapists reflect on the terror attack in Paris.

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