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A Palm under the Moon: A grandpa’s love story

September/October 2015
A young child’s bedroom is a place for magic and enchantment.

Point of View

Reinventing Couplehood: Intimacy and Commitment in the Age of Consumer Marriage

January/February 2015
Esther Perel, a couples therapist whose TED talk has had more than 5 million views, believes that it’s time to challenge the mismatch between the romantic ideal and the changing realities of contemporary life.

Editor's Note

Growing Up In an Age of Distraction: Is There a Crisis of Pseudo-Connection in Today’s Families?

September/October 2014
Has the time come to consider whether the profound changes in our economy, technology, and culture over these last couple of decades have opened up a breach in the very experience of intimate connection in middle-class families around the world? And if so, what can we as therapists do about it?
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Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

September/October 2014
We've become so focused on keeping children safe that we exaggerate the dangers they face despite the fact that they’ve never been safer. Still, no amount of statistical reports can get parents to stop hovering over their child. What’s a therapist to do?

Case Study

Questions of Gender: A therapist struggles with the clinical choices he’s made

September/October 2014
A therapist takes an unflinching look at a puzzling case that spanned 14 years, wondering if he made a wrong turn.

Family Matters

Defying Nature’s Odds: Life is the grand exception

September/October 2014
From the first cell division to the final journey down the birth canal, risks and dangers abound.

Case Study

Get Out of My Life! Working with Cut-off Family Members in the Consulting Room

November/December 2014

Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines.

Family Matters

Rocking On! From grief to rebirth

November/December 2014
A daughter marvels as her mother goes from grief to an exuberant rebirth.

Outside the Box

Bringing Families into Trauma Treatment

May/June 2014
If we don’t open up the one-on-one therapeutic cloister, trauma sufferers may never learn how to engage in the give and take of real-life relationships. By failing to include their families, we too often fail to help them weave change into their daily lives.

Family Matters

The Freedom Ride: On the Road with a Restless Woman and Her Son

July/August 2014
A woman in a life transition takes her son on an eventful road trip.
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