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9/11 One Year Later: A Psychotherapist Reflects on His Experiences at Ground Zero
by Tab Ballis
We weren't expected to have any words of wisdom... and nobody did.


A Crash Course in Psychotherapy: Moving through Anxiety and Self-Doubt
by Charlotte Dailey
A challenging client plunges a beginning therapist into a state of anxiety.
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Bad Therapy: When Firing Your Therapist Is Therapeutic
by Charlotte Fox Weber
Therapist Charlotte Fox Weber describes an agonizing 5-year therapy as the client of a cold and withholding therapist, and the lessons she learned about what NOT to do with her own clients.
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Beyond Psychotherapy: Working Outside the Medical Model
by John A. Martin
Dr. Martin shares his reasons for leaving the insurance game.


Breaking Barriers to Doing Corporate Consulting
by Louis A. Perrott
"Today's most enterprising therapists are realizing that the most promising opportunities for new business lie outside of the healthcare system."
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Cancer and The Secret
by Regina Huelsenbeck
Positive thinking isn't everything; life has a rhythm we must honor for our own mental health.


Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop
by Anna Lembke
In this excerpt from Anna Lembke's book, Drug Dealer, MD, she illustrates the dangers early access to prescription opioids can have even for kids who are not at high risk for addiction.
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H2O Under the Bridge: A Case of Trichotillomania
by Elias Aboujaoude
Dr. Aboujaode provides an engaging and informative account of hair-pulling, in this exclusive excerpt from his book, Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist's Tales of Ritual and Obsession.
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Hollywood on the Couch
by Dennis Palumbo
An entertaining look behind the the scenes of the entertainment industry.
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How Therapists Fail: Why Too Many Clients Drop Out of Therapy Prematurely
by Bernard Schwartz, PhD and John Flowers, PhD
If we could learn from all of our less-than-optimal therapy outcomes, we'd really acquire some true clinical wisdom.  Here are some practical tips to increase your odds of success.
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How To Be A Grown-up Even Around Your Own Parents
by Frank Pittman
People don't become grown-ups until they realize that their parents, however wonderful, were badly misinformed and sometimes stark, raving mad.
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It's Over Now: Termination and Countertransference
by Melissa Groman
A therapist explores the complex feelings that arise when a client terminates abruptly.
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Lessons from the Depths: Scuba Diving and Psychotherapy with Men
by Jeff Sharp
An insightful look into working with typical male concerns in therapy, including pride, shame, armoring, and competitiveness.
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Lowering Fees in Hard Times: The Meaning Behind the Money
by Melissa Groman
One therapist's good, hard look at the question of negotiating therapy fees with clients.


PhDs in Therapy
by Anastasia Piatakhina Gire
A therapist reflects on her work with PhD students doing field work abroad and the healing that can happen doing online therapy at such a vulnerable moment in people's lives.


Psychiatry by the Dumpster: One Man's Struggle with OCD
by Elias Aboujaoude
Psychiatrist and OCD specialist Elias Aboujaoude gives a poignant account of one man's struggles with severe OCD and his journey to recovery.
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Psychotherapy with Former Cult Members
by Patrick O'Reilly
A specialist in cults discusses a real-life example of a former cult member's struggle to recover from his traumatic experiences within the group, and offers treatment advice for this unusual and challenging population.
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Resistant Clients: We've All Had Them; Here's How to Help Them!
by Clifton Mitchell
Encountering resistance is likely evidence that therapy is taking place. In fact, successful psychotherapy is highly related to increases in resistance, and low resistance corresponds with negative outcomes.
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Self-Help Snake Oil and Self-Improvement Urban Legends
by Steven Kraus
A psychologist's skeptical look at the science (or lack thereof) behind much of the self-help industry,
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The Dark Intruder
by Esther W. Wright-Wilson
Psychotherapist-poet Esther Wright-Wilson muses about the moment an insect intrudes on a therapy session.


The Empty Chair: Making Our Absence Less Traumatic for Everyone
by Ann Steiner
What happens when a therapist becomes ill or dies? Dr. Steiner provides a valuable blueprint for therapists to prepare for unexpected absence and termination.


The Man with the Beautiful Voice
by Lillian B. Rubin
Lillian Rubin's moving account of her challenging psychotherapy with a man struggling with his disability. Reprinted from the book of the same title.
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The Psychiatric Repression of Thomas Szasz: Its Social and Political Significance
by Ron Leifer
Psychiatrist Ron Leifer gives a compelling account of the historical context of Thomas Szasz's career as the leading critic of the medical model of psychiatry, along with its implications for the profession of psychiatry and for free thought and speech in the United States.
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The Therapist Mourns His Mother's Death: Being With Clients While Heartbroken
by Bob Livingstone
Therapist Bob Livingstone offers grieving therapists advice about the effects of mourning upon therapeutic practice.
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Therapeutic Alliance, Focus, and Formulation: Thinking Beyond the Traditional Therapy Orientations
by Robert-Jay Green
The main elements of successful therapy include a positive therapeutic alliance, a clear focus, a coherent problem formulation, and improvised techniques—not a particular theoretical orientation.
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Therapy: A Poem
by Kerry Mulholland
A poem about the therapy experience from the vantage point of a client.


Two Therapy Poems
by Esther W. Wright-Wilson
Poems by Esther Wright-Wilson about those unsettling moments in therapy that we can all relate to.


Tyranny of Niceness: A Psychotherapeutic Challenge
by Evelyn Sommers
Dr. Sommers discusses the prevalent problem of cultural silencing called "niceness," and offers case studies and advice for addressing associated client issues of anxiety and helplessness.
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Weekends At Bellevue: A Memoir
by Julie Holland
A no-holds-barred account from the front lines of the psychiatric emergency room at America's oldest public hospital.
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What Do We Believe and Whom Do We Trust?
by Jeffrey Kottler
We all know that clients may withhold critical information, but what do we do when they deliberately lie? Jeffrey Kottler explores this in an excerpt from his latest book, The Assassin and the Therapist: An Exploration of Truth in Psychotherapy and in Life.
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When a Patient Dies . . . Should the Therapist Attend the Funeral?
by Richard P. Halgin
Richard Halgin shares the story of a long-term client's unexpected death, and how he managed his professional boundaries around this tragic event.


When the Therapist Leaves: A Personal Account of an Unusual Termination
by Amy Urdang
A psychotherapist explores client-therapist boundaries and termination issues in a particularly intensive course of therapy.
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Where's the Bear?
by Susan S. Hardy
Marriage and family therapist Susan Hardy explains the usefulness of "acting as if" in changing emotions and behavior.


Work Is Life: A Psychologist Looks at Identity and Work in America
by Ilene Philipson
In a discussion of the growing problem of work-life balance in American culture, Dr. Philipson shares the stories of clients whose overidentification with work ended in disaster.


Anna Lembke on the Opioid Epidemic
Psychiatrist and addiction expert Anna Lembke discusses the sharp rise in opioid addiction and deaths, the doctors who have enabled it, and what clinicians can do to help.
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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.


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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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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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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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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