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Everyday Heroism

May/June 2017
Philip Zimbardo, the researcher famous for shining a light on our worst authoritarian impulses, has shifted the focus of his work.

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The Courage to Connect

Highlights from the 2017 Symposium

May/June 2017
Year after year, therapists have come to the Networker Symposium expecting to escape the turbulence of everyday life and the real world. But this year, attendees came seeking something more—a renewed vision of what we stand for and what our role might be in a toxically polarized society. Here are some of the moments that captured the distinctive flavor of this year’s gathering.
  • The Search for Connection by Rich Simon 
  • The Physics of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
  • Therapy in the Age of Trump by William Doherty
  • Psychotherapy of the Heart by Joan Borysenko
  • The Science of Consciousness by Dan Siegel

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May/June 2017
What Now?
Five Therapists Face the Limits of What They Know
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When All Else Fails

Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility

May/June 2017
The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that.
  • I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
  • Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
  • The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
  • First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel

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When the System Fails: Tales of the Wrongfully Convicted

May/June 2017
The waking-nightmare stories of people wrongfully imprisoned, often for decades, for crimes they didn’t commit expose the flaws in our criminal justice system.

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Case Study

The Unexplored Issues: Working with Cross-Cultural Couples

May/June 2017
Cross-cultural couples face challenges that often aren’taddressed in therapy.
  • Commentary by Anita Mandley

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Clinician's Digest

Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

May/June 2017
How have the practitioners in rural communities been responding to America’s opioid epidemic?

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Editor's Note

May/June 2017

May/June 2017
These days, when psychotherapy is supposed to be “evidence based” and “empirically validated,” standardized and manualized up the wazoo, therapists often aren’t encouraged to be in the business of story-birthing.

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Adjusting the Unconscious

Making Quick Work of Lasting Change

March/April 2017
Some claim that much of psychotherapy is a pseudoscience, promising far more than it can deliver, with lengthy, expensive interventions for the common problems clients present. What if we could quickly bring about lasting therapeutic change by modifying a few, simple unconscious processes?

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Affair Repair

Lessons on Changing Directions

March/April 2017
Couples therapy can be difficult and dicey, especially when there’s an affair in the mix. To keep afloat in the emotional tumult, most therapists cling to certain hard-and-fast rules that form the foundation of their work. One therapist learns some surprising lessons when she reevaluates those tenets to find out what really helps her clients heal from infidelity.

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Hearing Voices: Eavesdropping on Our Inner Conversations

March/April 2017
The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves Making sense of the particular internal mix of words, conversation, music, and images that natter away at us nonstop.

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Navigating the Bipolar Spectrum: Diagnosing Mood Disorders Requires Great Care

March/April 2017
Diagnosing and treating mood disorders can be tricky, especially when it comes to an often overlooked, subtle form of bipolar II.

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Clinician's Digest

Therapists Answer the Millennial Question

March/April 2017
Therapists respond to the increasingly popular notion that we have a Millennial crisis on our hands.

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Editor's Note

March/April 2017

March/April 2017
In spite of what seems to be as many different therapy methods as stars in the sky, and in spite of reams of outcome studies, no empirically studied model appears to show any real advantage over any other. Does this mean we should all pack up our framed degrees, sell our therapy books, and go into real estate? Of course not. Therapy does work—often exceptionally well—but not as routinely or predictably as we’d like. Seasoned clinicians know that practicing therapy is always more than just following the technical rules they’ve been taught. Engaging a new client is a leap into the unknown, the beginning of an exploration into uncharted human geography.

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Family Matters

Leaping for Joy: The Secret Lives of Children

March/April 2017
Recalling a time when kids were supposed to be out of the house—and their parents’ hair—as much as possible.

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How Psychotherapy Lost Its Magick

The Art of Healing in an Age of Science

March/April 2017
Studies show more people pay for the services of advisors claiming special powers than see mental health practitioners. How can mentalists and mediums be flourishing at a time when therapists—trained and sanctioned to care for people’s emotional well-being—are struggling to inspire confidence? In an effort to improve therapists’ efficacy, two researchers find themselves on an unexpected path.

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In Consultation

Speak Easy: Keeping It Real with Your Teen Clients

March/April 2017
How to keep it real with teenage clients.

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Point of View

Feeling Anxious? A Longtime Researcher Weighs In

March/April 2017
How can you keep on top of the proliferation of anxiety treatments today?

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March/April 2017
Round Hole, Square Peg
If It Doesn't Fit, Don't Force It
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The Immigrant's Odyssey

Trauma, Loss, and the Promise of Healing

March/April 2017
Immigration is often a trauma that leaves indelible marks on those who’ve left behind family, cultural values, and status. Perhaps more than any other client population, immigrants need a therapeutic space to understand the inner transformation their continuing journey requires.

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When Helping Doesn't Help

Why Some Clients May Not Want to Change

March/April 2017
Rather than just commiserating with clients’ misery, most therapists want to engage in more active forms of helping. So we try to persuade clients compassionately, gently, patiently—to make use of the various tools and techniques we know will work, if only they’d just try them. For some, this results in a quick recovery. But what about the clients who seem impervious to all our heartfelt efforts?

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Clinician's Digest

Healing after the Election: What Therapists and Their Minority Clients Are Saying

January/February 2017
What minority clients are saying to their therapists after the election, and how therapists are responding.

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Editor's Note

January/February 2017

January/February 2017
This look back at the last 40 years of this magazine and our profession comes at a time when we could all use perspective on what we’ve learned from the challenges of the past—both within and outside the consulting room—and how to best face the difficult trials and out-of-the-blue twists and turns of the next 40.

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Family Matters

The Oldest Guy on the Team: Running for Your Life

January/February 2017
The joys of being the oldest guy on the team.

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Psychotherapy's Pilgrimage

Shaping the Consciousness of Our Time

January/February 2017
Despite what grad school textbooks may imply, therapy movements are more than a set of theories and techniques. They’re about what it means to be a human being at a particular time amid all the forces that shape a culture. Here, a therapist who entered the field at the same time the Networker made its debut brings to life 40 years of the key moments in psychotherapy’s unfolding, exploring both how the field was influenced by social changes and how the consciousness of our times—and our view of what it means to be a fully realized person—have been transformed by the intimate conversations that take place in our consulting rooms.

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