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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

Let Me Sleep On It: CBT for Insomnia

The February, 2016 edition of Consumer Reports recommends CBT as an alternative to medication for chronic insomnia (see http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/08/how-did-you-sleep-last-night/index.htm for some of what they say about insomnia). CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) combines “standard” CBT with cognitive and behavioral interventions specifically focused on insomnia. There is a substantial body of research supporting the effectiveness of CBT-I and CBT-I... Read More →

Is Hypnosis Compatible with Non-Directive Process Work?

Anxiety_2015 Video2Throughout life, we find ourselves forced to make choices, “Do I choose A, or do I choose B?” And in most instances, it is a false dilemma. Dichotomous reasoning leads us to think, “If I do one, I cannot do the other.” Yet, often, we can do both. This is why Ericksonian practitioners are able to do strategic, directive therapy and non-directive emotional process work within the... Read More →

Altering Mindsets in Addition to Altering States of Consciousness

silo-windowsTunnels & Windows Those who use hypnosis for clinical problem solving are often trained in the observation and management of states of consciousness. While changes in consciousness can help produce new opportunities for learning and performance on therapeutic tasks, it is a change in mindset that governs the overall response of a person to his or her life. When the client is stuck in a mindset of despair, conformity, impulsiveness, or procrastination, he or she will be ill-prepared to cope with complex... Read More →

Is the Effectiveness of CBT Fading?

A recent meta-analysis published under the provocative title “The Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an Anti-Depressive Treatment is Falling: A Meta-Analysis” (Johnsen & Friborg, 2015) has provoked considerable discussion (and some gloating on the Internet by those who are opposed to CBT). The authors computed the effect-sizes found... Read More →

Plumbing the Depths of Power

plumbing-depths7I prefer to see therapy not as a method or a technique, but as the shared pursuit of power, power that paradoxically results from penetrating and excavating, like an archaeologist, the... Read More →

The Pull of Nostalgia & Empathy

NOSTALGIA AND EMPATHYA parent’s capacity to raise a thoughtful, self-assured child depends on his/her capacity to respond empathically to that child. Much of the work that I am doing as a family therapist is designed to initiate and animate the empathic enterprise, since it... Read More →

Tell Me a Story: The Power of Storytelling

tell-story“Information brings knowledge, but stories bring wisdom.” These words guide my clinical work more than any others, for I have learned that it is the power of the patient’s story, rather than that of the patient’s... Read More →

The Adolescent Saboteur

The Adolescent SaboteurWe frequently use the term “self-sabotage” to describe behavior that, at least on the surface, appears to work to the patient’s disadvantage. Wikipedia defines sabotage as “a deliberate... Read More →

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... Read More →

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