Family Matters September 1, 2023

Just This, Nothing Next

Facing Old Age with Trepidation and Grace

Getting old is often a surprise, even when we’ve spent decades trying to get comfortable with the vicissitudes of aging. Read more

Dating Again in Your 70s

A Couples Therapist Joins

Even when you've spent your entire career teaching people how to have relationships, finding love is still a risky, humbling, and unpredictable... Read more

A Script for Male Dementia Caregivers

Helping a Husband Be More Than a 'Pillar of Strength'

Many spousal dementia caregivers struggle emotionally watching their life partners slowly decline. But I also knew that male caregivers, especially spouses... Read more

Sexual Intimacy and the Aging Client

A Conversation with Dr. Regina Koepp

Based on her article from our September/October issue, Dr. Regina Koepp talks about how to have "the talk" with your aging couple clients. Read more

Sex and the Older Couple

Helping Partners Reimagine Desire

Plenty of therapists have internalized the common misconception that at a certain point in our lives, humans are no longer interested in sex and intimacy. Read more

Older Couples, New Narratives

Coming Together with Fresh Purpose

Longtime couples can still experience new, relationship-testing conflicts. Read more

Therapy for People Living with Dementia

Creating Possibilities for Clients and Their Families

With an estimated 6.2 million Americans in need of mental health support tailored to the challenges of dementia, why are so few therapists working with them? Read more

Laughing with Big Mama

How to Discover the Wise Guide Within You

A grandmother’s indelible spirit inspires a therapy practice. Read more

Our Aging Families

Encouraging New Conversations between Parents and Adult Children

A fundamental change has been percolating in how adult children and their aging parents interact. Read more

Colliding into 70

Don’t Send Me a Sympathy Card!

Getting old is hard. But sometimes, as the body becomes more vulnerable, the spirit becomes fiercer. Read more

"You're a Moron"

An Angry Client Embraces Therapy at 92

At 92, a pugnacious client discovers that it’s never too late to change. Read more

Cultivating Positive Age Beliefs

The Impact of Ageism on Our Bodies and Minds

Yale researcher Becca Levy discusses how our beliefs about aging affect our wellbeing, regardless of age. Read more

Debunking Myths About Aging

The Benefits of Therapy for Older Adults

Some older people sink into states of depression, apathy, or agitated irritability, but emotional distress in this population is too often seen as part of an... Read more

Editor's Note: September/October 2022

The Therapist and The Older Client

Are therapists ready to work with an older population? In this issue, we explore the changing, sometimes challenging needs that attend aging, as well as the... Read more

Family Matters May 22, 2022

Whose Mom Is It Anyway?

Learning to Love My Mother’s Caregiver

A daughter’s resentment gives way to a lesson in unconditional love. Read more

In Consultation May 22, 2022

Embracing a Shared Retirement Vision

Helping Older Couples Make Rewarding Choices

Helping older couples create a shared vision for their retirement years. Read more

Clinician's Quandary April 19, 2022

Elderly Clients, Hidden Gifts

Best Practices for Working with Older Populations

I’ve been working with adults for most of my career, but I think it’s important not to neglect the mental health of our elderly population. What are some... Read more

Borrowed Tears

A Therapist Reclaims His Buried Past—and Upends His Practice

When a therapist finally confronts his tendency to dissociate, his work takes a life-changing turn. Read more

Erv Polster on How Aging Changes Therapy

Learning to Embrace the Flow of Relationship
Erv Polster

PSYCHOTHERAPY NETWORKER: You’re 95 now and have been retired from practice for 20 years, so you have an unusually broad perspective on how therapists... Read more

Aging Courageously

…And What Many People Who Struggle with Aging Have in Common

PSYCHOTHERAPY NETWORKER: Do you think that your experience as a therapist has given you any special insight into the challenges of... Read more

Irvin Yalom on the Possibilities of Aging

The Rewards and Challenges of Being an Older Therapist

As each of us grows older, we can try to embrace the full possibilities of aging, even alongside its challenges. That’s a genuine gift for our clients as... Read more

Clinician's Quandary July 29, 2021

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. Read more

Loving Ourselves Into Safety

Resilience and Strength in Perilous Times

A cancer diagnosis, while devastating, can be a powerful teacher. Through the fear and anxiety, we can discover how to reliably calm ourselves and ask for... Read more

Clinician's Quandary January 5, 2021

The Grieving Therapist

Take a Break, or Keep Going?
Psychotherapy Networker

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist whose personal grief is so deep that she's finding it hard to stay present for clients? Six clinicians weigh... Read more

IFS and Chronic Pain

Listening to Inner Parts that Hold the Hurt

If most chronic pain is maintained by complex mind–body interactions, how can therapists help treat it? Read more

In Consultation December 30, 2020

The Transformative Power of Loss

Helping Clients Cope with Aging and Grief

Facilitating bereavement support groups for aging clients. Read more

Family Matters December 30, 2020

Rhythm Guitar

Stepping Out of a Big Brother's Shadow

Finding harmony in a difficult sibling relationship. Read more

Family Matters May 1, 2020

If the Dress Fits...

Sorting Through a Closet Full of Memories

When a mother and daughter are cut from different cloths, can they still hang in the same closet? Read more

Family Matters July 3, 2019

The Last Joke

The Pathos of a May-December Marriage

A shared sense of humor can help couples make heavy issues feel lighter. But what happens when there’s no one there to get the joke? Read more

Symposium Highlight May 6, 2019

Flourishing as We Age

Highlights from Symposium 2019

Mary Pipher, author of the classic Reviving Ophelia and nine subsequent books, was this year’s recipient of the Networker’s Lifetime Achievement Award for... Read more