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It’s happening now. More than twenty fascinating thinkers and doers have accepted our invitation to blog here. The group includes many names you know. And with an eye to the future, we have included some gifted new voices whose names you may not know. Not yet, that is. Check back here to see their new articles, front and center!  Read More →

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Featured Contributors

    • Salman Akhtar
    • Michael Carroll
    • Ron Potter Efron
    • Janina Fisher
    • Diana Fosha
    • Ron Frederick
    • Robert Hill
    • Dan Hughes
    • Ned Hallowell
    • Harville Hendrix
    • Deborah Korn
    • Karen Levine
    • George McCloskey
    • Pat Ogden
    • Bev Patwell
    • James Pretzer
    • Brad Sachs
    • Richard Schwartz
    • Dan Short
    • Flint Sparks
    • Bessel van der Kolk
    • Margaret Wehrenberg
    • Amy Weintraub
    • Kelly Wilson

Songs in the Key of Grief: Loss & Longing During Adolescence

stairsAs therapists, we immerse ourselves in the words that our patients summon in an effort to describe and depict their concerns and dilemmas. I am listening to those words with particular care when families are in the midst of a developmental transition, because that is when they tend to be most emotionally thin-skinned, and, as a result, their language tends to become increasingly intense and evocative. From my perspective, for example, adolescence is essentially a time of loss. Teens must close the door on their childhood in order... Read More →

Cultivating Emotional Mindfulness: What, Why, and How…

eyeballThe ability to mindfully experience, regulate, and respond to one’s feelings is essential to mental health and well-being.  Yet problems managing emotion abound and play a central role in most psychiatric disorders.  Regardless of diagnosis, many people seeking treatment have some degree of difficulty being present with and making good use of their emotional experience. For many, the underlying problem is fear.  We’re afraid of our own feelings. Our feelings are what make us feel alive and vital, energize us to meet and... Read More →

Schemas, Assumptions, and Beliefs, Oh My!

mazeThe term “schema” has been popular in cognitive-behavioral circles in recent years with theorists discussing the role of schemas in a range of disorders, researchers studying schemas, and clinicians proposing a range of interventions for modifying problematic schemas. The terms “schema”, “core belief”, “irrational belief”, “underlying assumption”, “dysfunctional belief”, etc. have sometimes been used interchangeably and at other times, distinctions have been drawn between these closely related terms. In the hopes... Read More →

Interesting Study of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy vs CBT in the Treatment of Bulimia

spoonAn interesting study has been published recently that compares psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of bulimia (abstract of the study). I thought it worth noting... Read More →

Why So Many Tattoos?

Freud There are three kinds of people in the world: those who would never get a tattoo, those who after a couple glasses of wine in an artsy district say to themselves, “What the heck,” and then... Read More →

Use-Oriented Thinking

tunnelThere is a type of thinking that is so deeply ingrained within Western culture that it seems the only way to think. In science-based education we are taught to advance toward defined outcomes by means of goal-oriented thinking.  This type of thinking is a skill that enables us to improve... Read More →

Therapy Beginnings and Endings

handA universal tendency, found in every culture on earth, is to develop carefully prescribed rituals for coming and going. Why? Because beginnings and endings are extremely important to relationships. The way we are greeted sets the tone for everything else that will follow during a limited period... Read More →

Cultural Differences and Cognitive Therapy

groupThe question of how cultural differences impact the practice of CBT has been highlighted by a special series on cultural considerations in using acceptance and mindfulness-based treatments in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (February, 2013) and a special series on cultural competence in the Behavior Therapist... Read More →

Doing versus Being

lunchAnyone who has ever studied a foreign language, knows that with new vocabulary comes new ways of seeing and understanding the world. As an example, if you ask a German to describe a suspension bridge, he is likely to say it is a thing of beauty. However, if you ask a Spaniard to describe a suspension bridge,... Read More →

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