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 Augustus  Napier on Experiential Family Therapy
Author of The Family Crucible, Gus Napier, reflects on his family therapy work and conveys his insights from the Experiential Therapy model.
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Alan Marlatt on Harm Reduction Therapy
The founder of Harm Reduction Therapy talks about meditation, college drinking, 12-step programs, and the limitations of abstinence-only interventions.
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Allan Schore on the Science of the Art of Psychotherapy
Psychologist Allan Schore shares his research on the neuroscientific underpinnings of psychotherapy, the art of integrating neuroscience and psychoanalysis, and recent scientific attempts to “find” the unconscious mind.
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Anita Barrows on Love, Poetry and Autism
Psychologist, poet, translator and autism specialist, Anita Barrows, PhD, shares about the pain that first led her to psychotherapy, the importance of bringing love into our work, her identity as a poet, and entering the world of autistic children.
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Bessel van der Kolk on Trauma, Development and Healing
Internationally acclaimed clinician, educator and researcher Bessel van der Kolk, shares some observations from his 40-year passion for understanding and treating people who have experienced trauma.
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Brad Strawn on Integrating Religion and Psychotherapy
Psychologist and Christian theologian, Brad Strawn, discusses the "new conversations" happening around the integration of religion and psychology, and the need for clinicians to work through their biases and fears about bringing religion into the therapy room, since "so many people believe in some kind of God."
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Brian McNeill on the Art of Supervision
Psychologist and supervision expert Brian McNeill explains his developmental approach to supervision, the challenges that all therapists face while learning their craft, and what supervisors can and must do to support beginning therapists in navigating these challenges.
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Bruce Wampold on What Actually Makes Us Good Therapists
Expert clinician and researcher Bruce Wampold talks about his "contextual model" of psychotherapy which, rooted in the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific research, incorporates the most effective elements across all therapy modalities.
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Cathy Cole on Motivational Interviewing
An expert MI trainer and practitioner discusses the foundations and applications of Motivational Interviewing. Learn how MI can be used with clients struggling with addiction and PTSD, and get a sneak peek into the MI training process.
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Charles Mansueto on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD expert Charles Mansueto explains the fundamentals of evidence-based treatment of OCD and related disorders, as well as common misperceptions therapists have about the nature, course and effective treatment of OCD.
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Christian Conte on Anger Management
Christian Conte, PhD, shares his passion for counseling violent offenders, the radical empathy techniques that help him overcome judgment, and his unique tools for working with some of the most marginalized people in our society.
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Dan Wile on Collaborative Couples Therapy
The founder of Collaborative Couples Therapy discusses the power of negative thinking, the pleasure of being non-defensive, and other strategies for effective couples therapy.
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David Wallin on Attachment and Psychotherapy
Wallin delves deep into attachment and the therapeutic relationship, mindfulness, and self-disclosure.
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Diana Fosha on Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP founder Diana Fosha discusses the journey that led her to create a new model of psychotherapy, the strong community support that ties the AEDP community together and how men have traditionally gotten a bum rap in couples therapy.
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Don Clark on Psychotherapy with Gay Clients
Don Clark, the first openly gay psychologist provides thoughtful pointers on what all psychotherapists should know when working gays clients.
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Donald Meichenbaum on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Renowned expert Donald Meichenbaum discusses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), treatment for trauma, and the search for expert psychotherapists.
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Eda Gorbis on Body Dysmorphic Disorder
A renowned expert on obsessive compulsive and body dysmorphic disorders discusses the nature of the little-understood diagnosis of BDD, successful treatment methods, and resources for therapists whose clients suffer from these often debilitating symptoms. 


Edna Foa on Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Edna Foa discusses Prolonged Exposure Therapy for the treatment of PTSD, OCD, and other anxiety disorders.
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Eduardo Duran on Psychotherapy with Native Americans
Native American psychologist Eduardo Duran shares his long road to finding a place for himself and other Native Americans in the field of psychology.
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Ernest Rossi on Mind-Body Therapy
Ernest Rossi reflects on his personal journey from psychoanalyst to hypnotherapist and explores new frontier of mind and body research.
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Erving Polster on Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt Therapist and teacher extraordinaire discusses the origins of Gestalt Therapy, his encounters with Fritz Perls, the importance of making contact, and more.
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Esther Perel on Mating in Captivity
An unorthodox couples therapist discusses her multicultural, questioning approach to Western notions of romance, the enshrinement of the emotionally exclusive marital relationship, and how sex relates to intimacy and freedom.
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Francine Shapiro on the Evolution of EMDR Therapy
EMDR therapy originator Francine Shapiro describes the components of the psychotherapy and the latest research supporting its efficacy for a wide range of mental health issues.
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Frank Ochberg on Treating PTSD
Dr. Ochberg, a leading PTSD and trauma specialist, discusses the Japan tsunami, veteran issues, Stockholm syndrome, therapist burnout, and the importance of a comprehensive treatment approach for trauma survivors.
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Frank Pittman on Growing Up and Taking Responsibility
Renowned psychiatrist and family therapist Frank Pittman minces no words about his no-nonsense approach to psychotherapy, his love of movies, and why therapists shouldn't be neutral.
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Gary Greenberg on the DSM and Its Woes
Psychotherapist and muckraking author, Gary Greenberg, shares the critical insights—and skepticism—that formed the basis of his two best-selling books, Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease and The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.
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George Silberschatz on Psychotherapy Research and Its Discontents
Clinician and researcher George Silberschatz, PhD, discusses both the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy research, as well as its misuse by therapists marketing their services.
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Hanna Levenson on Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dr. Levenson lays out the principles for Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), and discusses how to make every session count.
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Harry Aponte on Structural Family Therapy
Aponte speaks passionately about the need to see individuals and families in the larger social context, and reflects on his encounters with Sal Minuchin, the role of spirituality in therapy, and the person of the therapist.
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Heather Clague on Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Working with Society's Most Marginalized Populations
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Heather Clague offers reflections on the difference between private psychotherapy practice and working in the psychiatric emergency room, how prescribing medication broadens psychotherapy, and the joy and heartache of working with those society is "happy to ignore."
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Howard Kassinove on Anger Management
Anger management expert Christian Conte, PhD, interviews fellow anger management expert, Howard Kassinove, PhD, on the history of anger management treatment, the fundamentals of practice, the importance of humor and the woefully inadequate programs offered to violent offenders in most states in the U.S.


Insoo Kim Berg on Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
The founder of Brief Solution-Focused Therapy discusses why she stopped killing rats, how she developed her unique style of doing therapy, and what she has learned along the way.
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Irvin Yalom on Existential Psychotherapy and Death Anxiety
Irvin Yalom reflects on instrumental moments in his career as a psychotherapist and writer. This excerpt from his biography, Psychotherapy and the Human Condition, begins with him recalling his first case presentation in medical school.
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James Bugental on Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy
The late existential-humanistic psychotherapist James Bugental reflects on his life and work. His insistence on therapist and client presence predated the current interest in mindfulness and psychotherapy.
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James Gilligan on the Psychology and Treatment of Violent Offenders
Renowned Harvard psychiatrist and violence expert James Gilligan offers insight into working with violent offenders in prison settings. Learn about the tragic childhood origins of violent behavior, as well as the fundamental principles of psychotherapeutic treatment of forensic clients.
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Jean McLendon on the Legacy of Virginia Satir
A longtime trainee and friend of Virginia Satir, Jean McLendon shares stories of her early years in training, the tremendous influence Satir has had on the field psychotherapy, and her ongoing influence in the 21st century.
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Jeffrey Kottler on Being a Therapist
Prolific writer, professor and psychologist Jeffrey Kottler imparts his wisdom and a healthy dose of humor, curiosity and unflinching honesty about the therapist's actual experience in the room with cilents.
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Jill Scharff on Object Relations Therapy with Couples
Psychotherapist and object relations expert, Jill Scharff, distills pearls of wisdom from her extensive career working with couples and families.


John Arden on Brain-Based Therapy
The outspoken author of Brain-Based Therapy discusses the value of integrating therapeutic approaches, including neuropsychology, nutrition, exercise, CBT, motivational interviewing, and the therapeutic alliance.
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John Gottman on Couples Therapy
The preeminent couples therapy researcher John Gottman discusses what works in couples therapy, what makes for happy marriages, and what he learned from his own marriage.
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John Sommers-Flanagan on Clinical Interviewing and the Highly Unmotivated Client
Clinical Interviewing expert, John Sommers-Flanagan, offers strategies for the initial stage of therapy and tips for engaging the resistant client.
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Kenneth Doka on Grief Counseling and Psychotherapy
A leading expert on grief counseling and therapy, discusses how understanding individual grieving styles is essential to grief counselors and all therapists helping clients deal effectively with loss.
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Kenneth V. Hardy on Multiculturalism and Psychotherapy
Hardy discusses diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice in psychotherapy...and how he was trained to be a "pretty good white therapist."
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Larry Beutler on Science and Psychotherapy
Larry Beutler discusses how to incorporate scientific findings into psychotherapy practice and teaching, and what horse training has to do with any of this.
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Lisa Firestone on Psychotherapy with Suicidal Clients
Lisa Firestone shares what every therapist should know about how dissociation and suicidal thought patterns influence suicide and self-harm.
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Lonnie Barbach on Sex Therapy
Renowned author, psychologist and sex therapist Lonnie Barbach discusses the early days of discovery in the human sexuality field, her pioneering work with preorgasmic women, and addressing sexual issues in individual and couples therapy.
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Louis Cozolino on the Integration of Neuroscience into Psychotherapy—and its Limitations
Psychologist and neuroscience researcher Louis Cozolino describes the many twists, turns and theoretical orientations he's traversed in his over four decades in the field, the need for psychotherapists to be less passive, and the applications of neuroscience to psychotherapy both now and in the future.
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Lynn Grodzki on Building a Successful Private Practice
Psychotherapist and business coach Lynn Grodski describes the challenges that many clinicians face in private practice, and the necessary steps to building a flourishing business.


Lynn Ponton on the Challenges and Joys of Working with Teens
Teen expert Lynn Ponton, MD, shares wisdom from over three decades of working with children and adolescents, and describes how technology has changed the life of teenagers and those who work with them.
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Madeline Levine on Psychotherapy with Adolescents
Learn from adolescent psychotherapy expert, Madeline Levine, the challenges and rewards of working with teens. CE credits available.
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Mardi Horowitz on Psychotherapy Research and Happiness
Mardi Horowitz discusses his research on psychotherapy for stress and trauma, his recent book on happiness, and what therapists can teach their clients about attaining it.
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Margo Maine on the Eating Disorder Epidemic Among Middle-Aged Women
Psychologist and eating disorder expert Margo Maine discusses the silent epidemic of eating disorders among middle-aged women, the collaborative feminist model she uses to treat them, and the limits of the medical model of treatment.
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Maria Gonzalez-Blue on Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy
An expressive arts therapist discusses the person-centered foundations of her work, and recounts transformative experiences with individual clients as well as in groups and international settings.
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Mark Epstein on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist and author Epstein discusses his introduction to mindfulness meditation, dealing with desire, disappointment, and more.
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Michael Hoyt on Brief and Narrative Therapy
Hoyt discusses brief and narrative therapy, working within managed care, and why some stories are better than others.
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Michael Lambert on Preventing Treatment Failures (and Why You're Not as Good as You Think)
Dr. Michael Lambert's groundbreaking work on tracking client outcomes has revealed a huge blindspot for psychotherapists: We don't notice when our patients are getting worse. But he's got the solution if you're willing to try something new.
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Michael Yapko on Psychotherapy and Hypnosis for Depression
Michael Yapko discusses the keys of successful psychotherapy and treatment for depression, including the use of metaphors and hypnosis.
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Molyn Leszcz on Group Psychotherapy
Molyn Leszcz, co-author (with Irvin Yalom) of the 5th edition of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, discusses the core principles and techniques of this powerful but underutilized modality.
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Monica McGoldrick on Family Therapy
Renowned family therapist Monica McGoldrick reflects on the heyday of family therapy, the use of genograms, and the importance of culture, gender, and diversity.
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Nancy McWilliams on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
The prolific psychoanalyst and psychologist discusses contemporary psychoanalytic practice, the state of the academy, and the importance for therapists to contribute to the greater community.
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Nick Cummings on the Past and Future of Psychotherapy
The founder of the first professional school of psychology, visionary, and gadfly Nick Cummings reflects on the history and predicts the future of psychotherapy.
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Otto Kernberg on Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Legendary psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg discusses psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and his research on the treatment of personality disorders from an object relations perspective.
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Owen Renik on Practical Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Renegade psychoanalyst Owen Renegade argues that psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy can and must be practical.
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Paul Wachtel on Therapeutic Communication
One of the leading voices in integrative thinking in the field of psychotherapy, and the author of Therapeutic Communication: What to Say When, Paul Wachtel argues passionately for avoiding the traps of rigid ideology and pseudoscience that continue to hold sway in our profession.
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Peter Levine on Somatic Experiencing
Master somatic therapist Peter Levine discusses the physiological origins of trauma, and how his Somatic Experiencing approach provides effective treatment.
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Philip Guerin on Bowenian Family Therapy
Bowenian Family Therapy expert Dr. Philip Guerin discusses the origin and development of his family therapy theories and practices as well as his invention of the Genogram.
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Philip Kendall on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
CBT scholar and expert Dr. Philip Kendall discusses the evolution of CBT theory over the years, his work with Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck and his empirically validated treatment program for kids and adolescents with anxiety.
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Reid Wilson on Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Leading anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson, PhD,  discusses strategic cognitive therapy and his paradoxical interventions and exposure techniques that target some of the most vexing and treatment-resistant anxiety disorders.
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Robert J. Lifton on Political Violence, Activism and Life as a Psycho-Historian
Famed psychiatrist, psycho-historian, writer and activist Robert J. Lifton talks about being a witness to an extreme century, combining scholarship with activism, the psychology of violence, and the next great threat to the planet: climate change.
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Robin Rosenberg on Treating Eating Disorders
A psychologist specializing in eating disorders discusses etiology, cultural factors, and treatment options for eating disordered clients and patients.
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Ron Kurtz on the Hakomi Method
Ron Kurtz discusses his Hakomi Method, a powerful approach which incorporates somatic awareness and mindfulness.
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Ronald Levant on Psychotherapy with Men
Former APA president Ron Levant discusses psychotherapy and the psychology of men, and the limitations of manualized and evidence based treatment.
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Ronald Siegel on Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy
Mindfulness expert and psychotherapist, Ronald D. Siegel, shares his insights about how—and when—to integrate mindfulness practices into psychotherapy.
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Scott Miller on Why Most Therapists Are Just Average (and How We Can Improve)
Scott Miller, expert researcher on what makes a good therapist, breaks down the difference between the masters and the rest of us.
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Spencer Niles on the Latest Developments in Career Counseling
Career counseling expert, Spencer Niles, offers poignant insights from his more than three decades helping people find their calling.
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Stan Tatkin on a Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy
Dr. Tatkin discusses the goals and methods of a psychobiological approach to couples therapy, including its foundations in attachment theory and developmental neurobiology, and its emphasis on arousal regulation as a dyadic interaction.
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Stephanie Brown on Treating Addictions in Psychotherapy
Stephanie Brown discusses treating alcoholism, chemical dependency and other addictions in psychotherapy.
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Steven Hayes on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) founder Steven Hayes discusses the history and evolution of ACT and its use as a force for social justice in our complex and pain-filled modern world. 
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Sue Johnson on Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy founder Sue Johnson discusses the attachment underpinnings of EFT, the approach's core techniques, and the new science of love.
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Susan Heitler on Couples Therapy
Susan Heitler outlines how she integrates conflict resolution techniques into couples therapy, the importance of intervening quickly, and what she means by being "pro-marriage."
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Tara Brach on Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Awakening
Buddhist meditation teacher and clinical psychologist, Tara Brach, PhD, discusses her evolution as a clinical psychologist and spiritual teacher, the painful illness that inspired her latest book, her commitment to help heal the planet and to love life—no matter what.
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Thomas Moore on the Soul of Psychotherapy
Drawing upon his background in religion, psychology and the arts, Care of the Soul author, Thomas Moore, shares about the wisdom of creating a "psychotherapy of one's own."
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Thomas Szasz on Freedom and Psychotherapy
The foremost psychiatric critic of our times, Thomas Szasz, engages in an in-depth dialogue of his life's work including freedom and liberty, the myth of mental illness, drug laws, the fragile state of psychotherapy, and his passion for humanistic values and social justice.
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Thupten Jinpa on Fearless Compassion
Dr. Thupten Jinpa's family escaped from Tibet to India when he was just a year old and he began his monastic life shortly thereafter. He has been the Dalai Lama's primary English interpreter and book editor for nearly 30 years and is the author most recently of, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.
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Violet Oaklander on Gestalt Therapy with Children
The founder of Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents discusses therapeutic relationship building with kids and teens, the unique rewards of introducing expressive arts therapy techniques, and the challenges of being sufficiently directive in working with children.  
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William Richards on Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Mystical Experiences
Psychologist William Richards discusses his research on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for dying cancer patients, and the larger trends to legitimize research and use of psychedelics for alleviating suffering.
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Zerka Moreno on Psychodrama
Zerka discusses the essentials of psychodrama theory and technique, as well as her life and work with her late husband Jacob Moreno.
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