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Therapy’s Psychedelic Renaissance

A Different Kind of Healing Journey

September/October 2018
It’s been nearly 30 years since SSRIs came on the scene, but despite their ubiquity and pairing with a variety of talk- and body-centered treatments, the rates of PTSD, depression, and anxiety are soaring. Could the ineffable insights and experiences of psychedelic drugs revolutionize the practice of psychotherapy?
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Learning to Bear the Unbearable

How MDMA Works

September/October 2018
As a researcher and outspoken advocate for therapeutic innovation, Bessel van der Kolk has been as influential as anyone in shaping the landscape of trauma therapy today. He describes what’s distinctive about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

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.

Chronic Pain Reconsidered

A New Role for Therapists

September/October 2018
Only one percent of patients suffering from acute back pain have a significant structural abnormality in their back, and a remarkably low percentage of back surgeries are successful. A physician inspired by the pioneering work of physician John Sarno describes his journey to develop a radical alternative to standard medical interventions with chronic pain.
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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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The New Psychiatry

The Rise of Natural Mental Health

July/August 2018
Increasingly, psychiatrists are recognizing that offering medications as the primary treatment of depression for years and years is simply not working. Instead, there’s a growing movement toward using more holistic approaches based on the belief that body and mind can heal themselves if given the time and space to do so.
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What Really Heals and Awakens

Highlights from Symposium 2018

May/June 2018
Weaving together Buddhist philosophy and storytelling, clinical psychologist and spiritual teacher Jack Kornfield explored the nature of therapeutic transformation by evoking the core elements of psychological healing—being witnessed and loved.
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Case Study

Taken Over: Breaking the Spell of Obsession

May/June 2018
A therapist struggles to help an obsessive client with whom she develops an unusual preoccupation.

Point of View

Therapy and the Limitations of Mindfulness

May/June 2018
For Buddhist therapist Mark Epstein, mindfulness is just the beginning.

Occupational Wisdom

What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully

March/April 2018
Does being a therapist give us an edge in coping with the inescapable phenomenon of aging? Three prominent psychotherapists—Irvin Yalom, Joan Klagsbrun, and Erv Polster—share both how their experience with older clients has shaped their slant on their own mortality and how their own aging may be changing the way they approach psychotherapy.
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