What’s the Takeaway for Therapists?
Despite his four decades in the public eye, most therapists are only vaguely aware of Tony Robbins and his take on personal change. But if you attract millions of people from a staggering range of backgrounds and interests to your seminars, it’s a good bet you have something to offer. So what’s that elusive “something” that he transmits to people? And can therapists learn anything useful from him?
Eugene Gendlin's Six Steps to Focusing
By Marian Sandmaier - On a hot August morning in 2012, I sat with 25 strangers in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking New York’s Hudson River. We were there to spend a week learning about a therapeutic process known as Focusing. I couldn’t have known then that this deceptively simple practice would alter my life.
Eugene Gendlin and the Felt Sense
Eugene Gendlin and his work on Focusing and the “felt sense” left an indelible mark on modern mind–body approaches to psychotherapy.
Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility
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
Leaping for Joy: The Secret Lives of Children
Recalling a time when kids were supposed to be out of the house—and their parents’ hair—as much as possible.
Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017
A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field.
- Trauma: Retreats and Advances BESSEL VAN DER KOLK
- Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven JOHN GOTTMAN
- Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty SALVADOR MINUCHIN
- Family Violence: Out of the Shadows MARY JO BARRETT
- Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out JOHN PRESTON
- Race Matters: How Far Have We Come? KENNETH HARDY
- Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain DANIEL SIEGEL
Left to Our Own Devices
By Marian Sandmaier - Today, we’re entering a new and fast-expanding universe of emotional self-help—one populated by smartphone apps. They offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, how might clinicians become a meaningful part of this mental health game changer, in ways that might benefit both themselves and their clients?
Sorting Through The Bewildering World Of Therapeutic Apps
Mobile apps offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, OCD, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. In some cases, they’re even being marketed as actual providers of therapy, or at least therapy-like help. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, what do therapists need to know?
Six Master Clinicians Share Their Reflections
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
How Therapists Can Help Us Accept and Break Free from Our Dispositions
New investigations are beginning to shed new light on a question that's hounded psychotherapy for more than a century: what's the relationship between nature and nurture, and what does it mean for the human project of change? As we come to understand more about the complex process of temperament development, therapists may be able to better help clients master one of life's trickiest balancing acts---making peace with one's inborn nature while knocking against its boundaries, in search of a larger self.