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Facing Our Dark Side

Some Forms of Self-Compassion Are Harder than Others

September/October 2015
Achieving a genuine state of self-compassion is a more challenging undertaking than many realize. Far from a little feel-better incantation you offer yourself when stressed, it’s a journey into multiple parts of yourself that may include the good, the bad, the ugly, the confused, the frightened, and the abandoned.
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The Colors of Tomorrow

Highlights From Symposium 2015

May/June 2015
After a brutal winter that would’ve given Ernest Shackleton pause, more than 3,700 therapists welcomed the opportunity to escape cabin fever, get out of the house, and greet spring at the 38th annual Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. What follows are some of the highlights from this year’s exploration of the clinical innovations, scientific advances, and technological developments shaping the future of our field.
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The Fiction of the Self

The Paradox of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

January/February 2015
If we engage in meditation long enough, we discover that our sense of being a separate, coherent, enduring self is actually a delusion maintained by our constant inner chatter. Seeing ourselves in this light can pull the rug out from under us in alarming—though potentially liberating—ways.
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Depathologizing The Borderline Client

Learning to Manage Our Fears

May/June 2013
Inevitably, given their history of trauma, many borderline clients will trigger their therapists from time to time. But forgoing the urge to blame these clients and taking responsibility for what’s happening inside you can become a turning point in therapy.

When Meditation Isn't Enough

Going Beyond Acceptance to Healing

September/October 2011

A psychotherapist discusses the next step: how to help clients transform the disruptive feelings and thoughts that they’ve learned to simply observe during meditation.

Clinician's Digest

Your Inner Therapist

May/June 2010
Listening to your inner therapist * Can we admit that therapy is sometimes harmful? * Botox's interference with emotions * The fearlessness--criminality link * The contested value of a PsyD degree * Outlawing psychological aggression

Clinician's Digest

Virtual Reality Therapy

March/April 2010

Clinician's Digest

January/February 2010
Warring Therapists * An increasing placebo effect * The argument for preventing depression * The unanticipated consequences of cancer treatment * Is child abuse always traumatizing? * The therapy-science debate * Advances in treatment for borderline personality disorder

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Islands in the Sea: At times, therapy can reinforce isolation

March/April 2009
Therapists are supposed to help isolated clients make more fulfilling social connections. But could we be making the problem worse?

Clinician's Digest

A Battle for the APA's Soul

January/February 2008
Controversy at APA * Motivating the Depressed Client * Educational Videos for Babies Flunk * Different Alcoholics, Different Treatments * Does Therapy Breed Isolation? * Exercise Outraces Depression
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