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Toward a New Vision for Healthcare: Bringing Therapists and Physicians Together

Ryan Howes • 3/7/2019

When it comes to addressing the profound impact of trauma, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris is calling for primary care physicians and therapists to develop new forms of collaboration that could transform our healthcare system.

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Trauma Therapy Meets Theater

An Unusual Program is Helping Vets Rewire from War

Ryan Howes • 3/2/2019

By Ryan Howes - Therapists know that words can heal. But what if the words were in iambic pentameter and delivered from a stage? Veteran and professional actor Stephan Wolfert is testing a PTSD intervention that for decades has been pairing classical theater training with the science of trauma.

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Theater as Therapy: Can Shakespeare Heal the Trauma of War?

Ryan Howes • 12/26/2018

Stephen Wolfert’s De-Cruit program is giving vets a chance to heal the trauma of war in creative ways.

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Celebrating Singles!

Researcher Bella DePaulo on Keeping Our "Matrimania" in Check

Ryan Howes • 12/20/2018

By Ryan Howes - Think of a prototypical healthy adult. Are they married or single? While many studies promote the mental and physical benefits of marriage, long-time singles advocate Bella DePaulo says the reported findings are biased, and we therapists need to better understand the single population as more than people waiting to find the right partner.

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Learning to Relish the Challenge

A Motivation Expert Weighs in on the Downside of Overpraise

Ryan Howes • 11/30/2018

By Ryan Howes - Should we praise children, students, clients, and ourselves for being smart people who earn top marks? According to motivation expert and bestselling author Carol Dweck, praising intelligence often creates people devoid of resilience and motivation. It’s far more important, she says, to enhance people’s ability to tackle adversity and persevere.

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Resisting Matrimania: A Single Life Can Be a Rewarding Choice

Ryan Howes • 11/9/2018

Author and researcher Bella DePaulo says it’s time to start seeing the growing population of single adults as something more than just people unable to find the right partner.

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What Can We Do to Stem the Suicide Spike?

An Interview with Psychiatry Professor and Author Kay Redfield Jamison

Ryan Howes • 10/22/2018

By Ryan Howes - Helping suicidal clients is one of the most important interventions we can make as therapists, and it’s one of the scariest aspects of our work. Kay Redfield Jamison, psychiatry professor and bestselling author, shares her thoughts on how the fields of medicine and psychology can work to better understand and treat severe mood disorders and suicidality.

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The Suicide Epidemic

Ryan Howes • 9/5/2018

Author and therapist Kay Redfield Jamison explores what we can do to address the suicide epidemic.

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Leaning into Discussions about Race

...And the Two-Minute "Courageous Act" That's So Important

Ryan Howes • 8/24/2018

By Ryan Howes - Psychologist Howard Stevenson, a researcher trained in family therapy, has devoted himself to studying the moments when racial tensions reach their peak. In the following interview, he shares the method he's developed to help individuals remain calm in the midst of a racial conflict or discussion.

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Are We Getting Mindfulness Wrong?

Buddhist Thought Pioneer Mark Epstein Has a Message for Therapists

Ryan Howes • 7/7/2018

By Ryan Howes - For psychiatrist and bestselling author Mark Epstein, a state of mindfulness isn’t just a prescription for quieting an anxious mind: it’s an introductory phase to a much deeper process of healing and enlightenment. In the following interview, he breaks down the intersection of Eastern and Western thought playing out in our culture today.

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Trauma Therapy Meets Theater

An Unusual Program is Helping Vets Rewire from War

Ryan Howes • 3/2/2019

By Ryan Howes - Therapists know that words can heal. But what if the words were in iambic pentameter and delivered from a stage? Veteran and professional actor Stephan Wolfert is testing a PTSD intervention that for decades has been pairing classical theater training with the science of trauma.

Daily Blog

Celebrating Singles!

Researcher Bella DePaulo on Keeping Our "Matrimania" in Check

Ryan Howes • 12/20/2018

By Ryan Howes - Think of a prototypical healthy adult. Are they married or single? While many studies promote the mental and physical benefits of marriage, long-time singles advocate Bella DePaulo says the reported findings are biased, and we therapists need to better understand the single population as more than people waiting to find the right partner.

Daily Blog

Learning to Relish the Challenge

A Motivation Expert Weighs in on the Downside of Overpraise

Ryan Howes • 11/30/2018

By Ryan Howes - Should we praise children, students, clients, and ourselves for being smart people who earn top marks? According to motivation expert and bestselling author Carol Dweck, praising intelligence often creates people devoid of resilience and motivation. It’s far more important, she says, to enhance people’s ability to tackle adversity and persevere.

Daily Blog

What Can We Do to Stem the Suicide Spike?

An Interview with Psychiatry Professor and Author Kay Redfield Jamison

Ryan Howes • 10/22/2018

By Ryan Howes - Helping suicidal clients is one of the most important interventions we can make as therapists, and it’s one of the scariest aspects of our work. Kay Redfield Jamison, psychiatry professor and bestselling author, shares her thoughts on how the fields of medicine and psychology can work to better understand and treat severe mood disorders and suicidality.

Daily Blog

Leaning into Discussions about Race

...And the Two-Minute "Courageous Act" That's So Important

Ryan Howes • 8/24/2018

By Ryan Howes - Psychologist Howard Stevenson, a researcher trained in family therapy, has devoted himself to studying the moments when racial tensions reach their peak. In the following interview, he shares the method he's developed to help individuals remain calm in the midst of a racial conflict or discussion.

Daily Blog

Are We Getting Mindfulness Wrong?

Buddhist Thought Pioneer Mark Epstein Has a Message for Therapists

Ryan Howes • 7/7/2018

By Ryan Howes - For psychiatrist and bestselling author Mark Epstein, a state of mindfulness isn’t just a prescription for quieting an anxious mind: it’s an introductory phase to a much deeper process of healing and enlightenment. In the following interview, he breaks down the intersection of Eastern and Western thought playing out in our culture today.

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The Five Love Languages

An Interview with Gary Chapman

Ryan Howes • 5/22/2018

By Ryan Howes - In our romantic fantasies, the path to true love is smooth. But the couples we see in therapy aren’t always so adept. In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes that people typically tend to express and understand emotional love through one of five “languages”—words of affirmation, quality time, personal gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

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What's New in Art Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy Pioneer Cathy Malchiodi Weighs In

Ryan Howes • 4/30/2018

By Ryan Howes - Art therapy can help people of all ages process and recover from trauma. In the following interview, Cathy Malchiodi, President of Art Therapy Without Borders, explains her approach and talks about the growing movement to treat returning combat veterans with art and expressive art therapy.

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What Can Therapists Learn from The Minimalists?

Expert Joshua Millburn Explains What It Really Means to Let Go

Ryan Howes • 3/12/2018

By Ryan Howes - How does minimalism correlate with wellness? Why do we crave stuff, yet feel relief when we let it go? We therapists can easily identify the pathology of hoarding, but can we also see the benefits of embracing minimalism? To find answers to those kinds of questions, we caught up with Joshua Millburn, co-founder of The Minimalists.

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How Neurofeedback Works

Pioneer Sebern Fisher Explains Why It's the Perfect Complement to Clinical Practice

Ryan Howes • 12/29/2017

By Ryan Howes - Since it was developed almost 60 years ago, neurofeedback has been used as a way to help clients change their brainwave frequency as a way to reduce symptoms ranging from anxiety, phobias, and depression to personality disorders and PTSD. In the following interview, psychotherapist Sebern Fisher, a neurofeedback pioneer, shares her approach and describes its promise for the future.

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Toward a New Vision for Healthcare: Bringing Therapists and Physicians Together

Ryan Howes • 3/7/2019

When it comes to addressing the profound impact of trauma, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris is calling for primary care physicians and therapists to develop new forms of collaboration that could transform our healthcare system.

Magazine Article

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Theater as Therapy: Can Shakespeare Heal the Trauma of War?

Ryan Howes • 12/26/2018

Stephen Wolfert’s De-Cruit program is giving vets a chance to heal the trauma of war in creative ways.

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Resisting Matrimania: A Single Life Can Be a Rewarding Choice

Ryan Howes • 11/9/2018

Author and researcher Bella DePaulo says it’s time to start seeing the growing population of single adults as something more than just people unable to find the right partner.

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The Suicide Epidemic

Ryan Howes • 9/5/2018

Author and therapist Kay Redfield Jamison explores what we can do to address the suicide epidemic.

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Developing Racial Literacy: How to Confront Our Unconscious Taboos

Ryan Howes • 7/6/2018

Howard Stevenson’s program promotes “racial literacy” through skills that help us confront unconscious taboos and more effectively read and resolve racial encounters.

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Therapy and the Limitations of Mindfulness

Ryan Howes • 5/9/2018

For Buddhist therapist Mark Epstein, mindfulness is just the beginning.

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Art and Trauma: Accessing Creative Paths to Healing

Ryan Howes • 3/9/2018

A leader in expressive arts therapy explains why it’s increasingly being used to help combat vets find relief from trauma.

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When Less Is More: The Art of Minimalizing Our Stuff

Ryan Howes • 1/8/2018

Even as many of us are drowning in material possessions, a new minimalist movement is sweeping across popular culture.

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The Rise of Neurofeedback

Ryan Howes • 11/1/2017

Neurofeedback has brought a powerful new technology into the consulting room.

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The New Frontier in Trauma Treatment? The Promise of MDMA

Ryan Howes • 9/7/2017

Using drugs like MDMA (aka Ecstasy) may be the new frontier of trauma treatment.

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Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP, is a writer and clinical professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.