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Editor's Note

March/April 2017

March/April 2017
In spite of what seems to be as many different therapy methods as stars in the sky, and in spite of reams of outcome studies, no empirically studied model appears to show any real advantage over any other. Does this mean we should all pack up our framed degrees, sell our therapy books, and go into real estate? Of course not. Therapy does work—often exceptionally well—but not as routinely or predictably as we’d like. Seasoned clinicians know that practicing therapy is always more than just following the technical rules they’ve been taught. Engaging a new client is a leap into the unknown, the beginning of an exploration into uncharted human geography.
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Adjusting the Unconscious

Making Quick Work of Lasting Change

March/April 2017
Some claim that much of psychotherapy is a pseudoscience, promising far more than it can deliver, with lengthy, expensive interventions for the common problems clients present. What if we could quickly bring about lasting therapeutic change by modifying a few, simple unconscious processes?

Case Study

Upgrading the Software: A One-Session Cure for An Obnoxious Habit

July/August 2016
Sometimes there’s no need for a detailed assessment of a client’s entire life history and their family relationships, especially when the desired outcome is changing an automatic habit like nose-picking.

In Consultation

Detoxifying Criticism: How to Help Clients Gain Perspective

March/April 2016
An innovative way of working with people who are hypersensitive to criticism.

In Consultation

Breaking the Chain of Resentment: How to Help Clients Move Past Old Wounds

November/December 2015
How do you strike a balance between validation and empowerment in helping those afflicted with chronic resentment?

Spitting in the Client's Soup

Don’t Overthink Your Interventions

March/April 2015
In our profession, it’s often more alluring to explore new gimmicks than to acknowledge that our success largely hinges on simple, commonsense factors.

Case Study

Letting Go of Hate: How to help clients change unconscious responses

July/August 2014
Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the ground.

Therapy Isn't Brain Science

Knowledge Doesn’t Replace Clinical Skill

July/August 2013
Therapists were doing helpful work long before neuroscience made its official debut and the field developed a collective case of “brain fever.” In fact, at this stage of its development, neuroscience may be irrelevant to what needs to happen in therapy.

Breaking The Spell

7 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck

May/June 2013
When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break the spell, broaden the vision, and open ourselves to possibilities outside the tunnel.

In Consultation

Therapy’s Nonverbal Dance: Are You in Step with Your Clients?

January/February 2013
Noticing a client’s nonverbal shifts isn’t enough. You must know what these shifts mean.
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