March/April 2015

Editor's Note

March/April 2015
There’s been a decline in the public’s utilization of psychotherapy as a consequence of the rise of what might be called the Gang of Three: DSM, Big Pharma, and Managed Care. Today, we appear to be an atomized and poorly organized field that’s lost economic ground to other approaches promising mental health consumers improved well-being. But while recognizing the missed opportunities and missteps we’ve made as a profession, the contributors to this issue also point to what we need to do to make a more concerted and effective stand to reclaim lost territory.
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The State of Our Art

Do Our Old Ways Fit the New Times?

March/April 2015
While the number of people in psychotherapy keeps declining, surveys reveal that potential clients would still rather talk to a therapist than fill a prescription. So what’s going on? We asked six of the field’s most outspoken leaders to offer their views.
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Mary Pipher on Psychotherapy in the Age of Overwhelm

March/April 2015
It’s time we address the psychological toll of the daily bombardment of information that permeates our lives.

Scott Miller on Resolving Our Identity Crisis

March/April 2015
To move forward, our profession needs a more consistent message about what we have to offer.

Kenneth Hardy on The Attack on Diversity

March/April 2015
Manualized psychotherapy is squeezing out people on the margins of mainstream society.

Scott Lilienfeld on Let Science Be Our Guide

March/April 2015
Therapists are far more impressed with clinical fads than they should be.

Cloe Madanes on Advocating for the Most Vulnerable

March/April 2015
Let’s unite to stand up to vested interests that have taken over the mental health system.

New Choices for New Times

March/April 2015
To stay relevant in a changing world, we need to address the engagement styles of today’s prospective clients.
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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.

Narrowing the Gap

Striving for Honesty in the Therapy Room

March/April 2015
Anticipating endings may encourage us to grasp the present with greater vitality.

Clinician's Digest

The Rise of Distance Therapy

March/April 2015
What clinical, ethical, and legal issues should we be considering as distance therapy becomes a more common form of practice?

In Consultation

Seven Myths about Meditation: A one-size approach doesn’t fit all

March/April 2015
Seven myths about meditation for clinicians to ponder.

Case Study

Knowing When to Push: Balancing Safety and Challenge

March/April 2015
When a client has been sexually abused, it can be difficult to find the balance between creating safety and challenging old patterns.

Point of View

The Power of Commitment: Mindfulness Is Only the Beginning

March/April 2015
Despite its popularity among therapists, mindfulness is only a beginning in the process of change.

Bookmarks

Lost in the Maze: Finding the exit from OCD

March/April 2015
Review: The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

Finding an exit from the bewildering maze of a disorder that confounds many clinicians.

Family Matters

Don’t Play It Again, Sam: Chance Encounters Can Change Our Lives

March/April 2015
Sometimes chance encounters can change a life.
March/April 2015
Taking The Pulse of Psychotherapy
We're Older. Are We Better?