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Kindling the Spark

The Healing Power of Expressive Arts

March/April 2019
Aliveness is not an experience we think or talk ourselves into; it’s a state of being we feel in our bodies. An expressive arts therapist shows how creativity, movement, and play can help traumatized clients find their way toward vitality and healing.

Inside the Ayahuasca Experience

When Shamanism Meets Psychotherapy

September/October 2018
A practitioner trained in the orthodox Western model of medicine develops a deep respect for the healing power of psychedelic plants and shamanism. What he discovers is not magic but an often astonishingly rapid pathway to self-realization.

In the Shadow of Depression

How Can We Manage to Stay Well?

July/August 2018
Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?
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Doorways to the Embodied Self

Eugene Gendlin and the Felt Sense

July/August 2017
Eugene Gendlin and his work on Focusing and the “felt sense” left an indelible mark on modern mind–body approaches to psychotherapy.
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Case Study

The Unexplored Issues: Working with Cross-Cultural Couples

May/June 2017
Cross-cultural couples face challenges that often aren’taddressed in therapy.
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Burnout Reconsidered

What Supershrinks Can Teach Us

May/June 2015
An entire industry has sprung up to address the problem of compassion fatigue, but research indicates that the most commonly proposed answer, improved self-care, doesn’t work. In fact, the study of the most highly effective clinicians suggests that burnout isn’t related to caring too much, but continuing to care ineffectively.
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Little and Often

Using Micro-Practices for Self-Care

May/June 2015
The growing interest in micro self-care mirrors the developments in understanding self-directed neuroplasticity: small and frequent works better to create desirable neural pathways than big and seldom.

Don't Go It Alone

The Power of Focusing Partnerships

May/June 2015
To emerge from the grip of feeling stale as a therapist and in danger of burning out, we need something to take us out of our isolation. Focusing partnerships can be a potent remedy for the circular thinking we tend to get mired in when we’re by ourselves.

Out of the Tunnel

Escaping the Trance of Depression

November/December 2014
Depressed clients repeat the same thoughts, activities, feelings, and experiences again and again, as if entranced. Good depression treatment is largely about awakening them from this bad trance.
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Beyond Chemistry

Exploring Our Relationship with Our Meds

July/August 2014
The chemical effect of psychoactive meds is only part of their impact. In fact, people often develop complex relationships with the pills they take.
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