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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

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 places within which powerlessness resides, which are usually the very places that most of us abhor and attempt to escape from. 24 year old Delia shared with me the following story about her on-and-off boyfriend, Noam, who treated... 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 is such a crucial component of healthy attachment between both generations. One of the challenges to establishing sufficient parent-child empathy, however, is that the process requires the parent to embark on a reverberating journey... 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 dogged data, that defines and informs psychotherapy’s curative properties. Or, as Mark Twain once put it, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Stories breathe, and the storytelling process keeps us alive... 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 →

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... 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”,... 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 →

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