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For Immigrants and Their Therapists, a Frightening Reality

Chris Lyford • 7/6/2018

New policies are deepening the trauma of many immigrants, and heightening challenges for the therapists trying to help them.

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June Quandary: My Client is Moving Overseas to Marry a Man She's Never Met!

Five Clinicians Give Their Take on This Tricky Clinical Scenario

Chris Lyford • 7/3/2018

By Chris Lyford - Diane has just announced she intends to move overseas to marry a man she recently met online. This raises an alarm for her therapist, but he's unsure about how to proceed. Here's how five clinicians say they'd tackle the situation.

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Getting "Ghosted" by Clients

Four Stories from Therapists, and What They Learned from Their Experience

Chris Lyford • 6/15/2018

By Chris Lyford - We've all seen it happen. Maybe some of us are even guilty of it ourselves: Sometimes it's easier to simply ignore people than respond when they reach out. But this disappearing act, or "ghosting" as it's become commonly known, also happens to therapists quite often. Here, four clinicians share their stories.

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The Immigrant Experience, Revisited

Clinicians Feeling the Effects of New Immigration Policies Weigh In

Chris Lyford • 6/15/2018

By Chris Lyford - Immigrants in America have long faced an uphill battle. But the shifting political landscape of the past year and a half has proven psychologically destructive, not only to undocumented immigrants, but also to those with legal protections. It's also significantly burdened the clinicians who work with these populations.

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Making Way for Manhood 2.0

Therapists Push Back Against a Cultural Force

Chris Lyford • 6/4/2018

By Chris Lyford - Expanding the limited definition of masculinity is prime territory for therapists. But when running up against entrenched social mores, how can we bring about change? A few therapists have found creative ways to make space in therapy for raising more emotionally expressive young men.

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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford • 5/15/2018

By Chris Lyford - While therapeutic skill is the product of years of practice and self-determination, most clinicians need a mentor: someone who takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist. The five clinicians whose stories you’re about to read all agree on one thing: seeing how their mentors practice left an indelible mark on their personal and professional development that still resonates today.

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Helping Young Boys Expand Their Emotional Language

Chris Lyford • 5/9/2018

How to give boys more choices about the kind of men they want to be.

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Five Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

. . . And the One Question You Should Always Ask Your Clients

Chris Lyford • 4/24/2018

By Chris Lyford - Whether they’ve been practicing for three months or three decades, therapists are continuously honing their craft. But much of what we learn through trial and error, and hours upon hours sitting across from clients, we were never taught in grad school. So we asked some seasoned therapists to pass on the lessons they wish someone had told them when they were first starting out.

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Mindfulness Practice, Revisited

Making Mindfulness Practices Relevant for People of Color

Chris Lyford • 4/9/2018

By Chris Lyford - Is mainstream mindfulness relevant to people of color and does it honor their unique cultural experiences? Some experts say more needs to be done on this front, and are taking steps to make mindfulness practices more racially sensitive.

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Making Mindfulness More Racially Sensitive

Chris Lyford • 3/9/2018

A push to make mindfulness practices more racially sensitive.

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Is Teen Suicide Contagious?

Clinicians Weigh in on the Controversy around 13 Reasons Why

Chris Lyford • 7/24/2017

By Chris Lyford - 13 Reasons Why has become one of Netflix’s most watched features, in part for how it confronts the subject of young adult suicide. But the notion that it glorifies self-harm has led suicide-prevention agencies, school boards, and therapists to speak out.

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Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

A Spotlight on Community Mental Health in High-Need Areas

Chris Lyford • 5/22/2017

By Chris Lyford - Between 2014 and 2015, death rates from synthetic opioids spiked 72.2 percent nationwide, claiming an average of 91 American lives per day. But the opioid epidemic hits especially hard in rural America, where treatment options are scarce and costly, trained clinicians are in short supply, and a lack of public transportation makes it difficult to get high-quality care. Here are the stories of clinicians working in these areas.

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Therapists Answer The Millennial Question

Are Today's Young Adults on the Brink of Crisis?

Chris Lyford • 3/17/2017

By Chris Lyford - A recent interview with leading TED speaker and business consultant Simon Sinek has gone viral, with more than 5.7 million views on YouTube. But is its core message—that Millennials are facing a mental health crisis of mammoth proportions—really true?

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Therapy in Post-Election America

What Therapists and Their Minority Clients Are Saying

Chris Lyford • 2/2/2017

By Chris Lyford - Therapists who work mainly with minorities say their clients have been disproportionately affected by recent politics. In response, a sense of mission has helped jumpstart many clinicians’ work in the therapy room.

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The 6 Most-Read Networker Articles of 2016

A Look Back at This Year's Popular Reads, Chosen by You

Chris Lyford • 12/29/2016

By Chris Lyford - As 2017 approaches, we're taking stock of the past year. Join us in looking back at the most-read online Networker articles of 2016, chosen by you!

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Six Things Therapists Are Saying After the Election

. . . And Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Call Out the Chicken Littles

Chris Lyford • 12/20/2016

By Chris Lyford - Regardless of where you stand politically, it’s hard to deny that the 2016 presidential election was one of the most stress-inducing in recent history. Democrats and Republicans alike continue to wrestle with lingering anxiety and tension. But none of this comes as a surprise to most therapists, who’ve been on the front lines of treating post-election stress. Here are some valuable lessons they’ve taken away from their recent work helping clients in these post-election times. 

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The Trigger Warning Controversy

Professors Aren't Therapists. But Do They Need to Be Therapeutic?

Chris Lyford • 11/4/2016

By Chris Lyford - According to some critics, an overly protective approach to presenting college course materials deemed too triggering—in books, lessons, and lectures—could soon be coming to a university near you. Are they a boon to student mental health, or just promoting a culture of avoidance?

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The 2016 Election Is Raising Ethical Concerns for Therapists

Is There a Place for Politics in Therapy?

Chris Lyford • 9/16/2016

By Chris Lyford - It's almost a cardinal rule that therapy and politics don’t mix. However, concerned about the stakes in this year’s presidential election, some therapists are wondering whether they have a professional, and even moral, obligation to bring politics into the consulting room.

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Has Porn Become a Public Health Crisis?

Therapists Speak out on Whether Porn is Killing Intimacy

Chris Lyford • 7/29/2016

By Chris Lyford - There’s no question that today’s porn is a far cry from the heyday of girlie magazines, back-alley strip clubs, and curtained-off rooms in the local video store. But is porn’s unprecedented ubiquity and accessibility affecting our mental health?

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The Free Therapy Movement of Give an Hour

Therapists Extend Their Reach to Veterans in Need

Chris Lyford • 6/3/2016

By Chris Lyford - Since its founding in 2005, the Give an Hour organization has created a nationwide network of nearly 7,000 social workers, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, couples therapists, and substance-abuse counselors who’ve committed one hour a week to doing free counseling with members of the military and their families.

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For Immigrants and Their Therapists, a Frightening Reality

Chris Lyford • 7/6/2018

New policies are deepening the trauma of many immigrants, and heightening challenges for the therapists trying to help them.

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Helping Young Boys Expand Their Emotional Language

Chris Lyford • 5/9/2018

How to give boys more choices about the kind of men they want to be.

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Making Mindfulness More Racially Sensitive

Chris Lyford • 3/9/2018

A push to make mindfulness practices more racially sensitive.

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Did England's Ambitious Mental Health Care Experiment Deliver?

Chris Lyford • 1/8/2018

Nearly a decade ago, England embarked on one of the largest expansions of mental health care in modern history. What can be said of the outcome of this bold experiment?

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Going Above and Beyond in Post-Harvey Houston

Chris Lyford • 11/1/2017

In the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina, what have mental health professionals learned about being helpful in the wake of natural disasters?

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Ethics and the Rise of Text Therapy

Chris Lyford • 9/7/2017

The rise of text therapy is raising ethical questions for its practitioners.

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Is Teen Suicide Contagious?

Chris Lyford • 7/12/2017

Is teen suicide contagious? Clinicians weigh in on the controversy around 13 Reasons Why.

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Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

Chris Lyford • 5/1/2017

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

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Therapists Answer the Millennial Question

Chris Lyford • 3/13/2017

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

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

Chris Lyford • 1/1/2017

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

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Chris Lyford is the Editorial Assistant at Psychotherapy Networker, where he writes the magazine's "Digest" pieces on occasion, performs editing tasks, and manages social media.