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Practice Tools July 1, 2023

Practice Tools: July/August 2023

The best from across the field of psychotherapy . . . on us!

This month’s selection is from Bree Turns-Coe’s "Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Were: Breaking Generational Patterns, Raise Thriving Kids." Read more

Practice Tools April 12, 2023

Practice Tools: May/June 2023

The best from across the field of psychotherapy . . . on us!

Practice Tools for the May/June 2023 issue are courtesy of Arielle Schwartz's book, "Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery." Read more

Clinician's Quandary February 8, 2023

When One Partner Won’t Budge

The Magic Wand Question, the Compliment Sandwich, and More Strategies

If you’ve done couples therapy, you’ve probably run into this conundrum at one point or another: one partner simply isn’t as invested in therapy as the... Read more

Clinician's Quandary February 8, 2023

Submit to Clinician's Quandary!

Let Us Know How YOU Would Tackle This Situation in Your Practice...

Even the best therapists rely on advice from peers. In the spirit of building community, we're introducing Clinician's Quandary, a new forum where you can... Read more

The Best and Beloved Stories from 2022

Our Staff Picks from a Year of Psychotherapy Networker

In this year-end review, the staff of Psychotherapy Networker shares the articles and interviews that most resonated with readers and authors in 2022. Read more

Clinician's Quandary December 8, 2022

One Foot Out the Door

Six Ways to Address Impending Premature Endings

Ending therapy is tough. But a client leaning out of therapy midway through treatment? That’s a whole other pill to swallow. Here, six therapists share how... Read more

Clinician's Quandary December 5, 2022

When Medication Gets in the Way

Listening, Collaborating, and Helping Clients “Choose Their Own Adventure”

"One of my clients takes prescription medication for anxiety and often complains about the negative side effects. I can’t help but feel it’s getting in the... Read more

Clinician's Quandary October 26, 2022

How Do I Make Therapy Stick?

Creating a Vision, Building Momentum Between Sessions, and More

Sure, your clients may find therapy helpful. But do they find it memorable? How can we get clients to retain all the wonderful information they learn in... Read more

Clinician's Quandary August 4, 2022

Should You Tell Your Clients Why You're Canceling?

When to Self-Disclose, Preserving the Therapeutic Alliance, and More

If you have to cancel an appointment and your client asks you why, how much should you disclose? Here, four clinicians share how they'd respond. Read more

Clinician's Quandary July 27, 2022

The Narcissistic Client

Four Ways to Break Through

Whether it's vanity, a failure to take constructive criticism, mistreating family and friends, or lacking empathy for others, clients with narcissistic traits... Read more

How I Start and End Therapy

Six Clinicians Weigh In

Unfortunately, there's no playbook for beginning and ending therapy. So how do you make first and last sessions not only less awkward, but memorable and... Read more

Clinician's Quandary July 15, 2022

Should I Hand My Crying Client a Tissue?

Reading Between the Tears, Permission-Giving, and More

When clients cry in therapy, should you pass the tissues? And what do you say? One clinician worries his clients might interpret passing tissues as him rushing... Read more

Clinician's Quandary April 19, 2022

Elderly Clients, Hidden Gifts

Best Practices for Working with Older Populations

I’ve been working with adults for most of my career, but I think it’s important not to neglect the mental health of our elderly population. What are some... Read more

Clinician's Quandary March 7, 2022

The Power of Humor

Five Ways Therapists Put This “Best Medicine” to Use

Therapy can be serious, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a joke here and there. Here, clinicians share how they used humor to help clients... Read more

The Therapy Mistake That Changed Me

Three Stories of Professional Growth

We all make mistakes. But oftentimes, it’s the mistakes that help us grow the most, personally and professionally. Here, three therapists share their stories... Read more

Clinician's Quandary March 7, 2022

Is There Meaning in Loss? (Part 2)

Four More Therapists Weigh In

Our last Clinician’s Quandary on helping clients—and ourselves—navigate grief work received an overwhelming number of responses. So many, in fact, that... Read more

Clinician's Quandary February 17, 2022

Andrew has started showing symptoms of OCD. He’s struggled with anxiety for a while, but the pandemic seems to have been a tipping point for him. His... Read more

Clinician's Quandary January 10, 2022

Is There Meaning in Loss?

Helping Our Clients and Ourselves Navigate Grief Work

Many grief specialists talk about helping clients finding meaning after loss. But often, loss feels meaningless. One therapist working with grieving clients... Read more

My Biggest Challenge as a Therapist

The Hardest Things About Practice

Therapy is hard work. But what are therapy’s biggest challenges, and how do therapists overcome them? Here, five therapists share the clinical challenge that... Read more

Clinician's Quandary July 29, 2021

Navigating the Rift

A Therapeutic Rupture and the Art of Repair

After being insulted by a difficult client, this therapist doesn't know how to proceed. Here, seven clinicians weigh in. Read more

Clinician's Quandary July 29, 2021

Wisdom, or Yesterday’s News?

The Older Therapist in the Younger Practice

An older therapist is beginning to feel insecure about their age and is considering whether to dive into new trainings or retire. Five clinicians offer advice. Read more

Clinician's Quandary July 29, 2021

Close to Home

When the Problem You Treat Becomes Your Problem Too

A couples therapist is going through an emotionally wrenching separation from their partner and finding it hard to treat clients. Five clinicians offer advice. Read more

Clinician's Quandary March 30, 2021

When Therapy Stalls Out

Five Tips for Getting Out of the Rut

A therapist has been working with a client for eight years but fears that their progress has stalled. Five therapists weigh in on how to proceed. Read more

When it comes to addressing systemic racism and injustice, “therapy’s not enough,” says trauma expert Mary Jo Barrett. But that doesn’t mean therapists... Read more

Five Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

. . . And the One Question You Should Always Ask Your Clients

Whether they’ve been practicing for three months or three decades, therapists are continuously honing their craft. But much of what we learn through trial... Read more

The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Most clinicians need a mentor: someone who takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist. The five clinicians whose stories you’re... Read more

VIDEO: How Can White Therapists Be Better Allies?

Deepening the Conversation around Race-Based Trauma

What does it mean to be an ally to people of color⁠? What steps can therapists take to heal race-based trauma and deepen the conversation around racial... Read more

Clinician's Quandary June 5, 2020

A therapist is offering teletherapy during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's working well for most of her clients. But her anxious client Sam has repeatedly... Read more

The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice, Part 2

Wisdom, Revelations, and Journey-Making

No person is an island. And surely enough, no therapist hones their craft without a lot of learning and inspiration from others. Three clinicians share the... Read more

As a single mother of two girls all quarantining in a small apartment, teletherapy sessions have been challenging for Marcia. She’s often distracted or... Read more

What Self-Care Means to Me

Therapists on Boundaries, Outlets, and More

As any therapist will tell you, self-care is an integral part of our work. When we take care of ourselves, we take care of our clients. But what does... Read more

How I Start My First Session

Icebreakers, Alliance-Building, and More

First introductions with clients can be make-or-break moments that influence therapy sessions to come. In a first meeting, how do you break through a... Read more

Tales from the Therapy Room

Our Annual Storytelling Feature!

Five therapists recall the up-against-the-wall moments from practice that required them to toss away the usual clinical playbook. Read more

Clinician's Quandary November 5, 2019

Sandra has been struggling with depression for many years. A psychiatrist has prescribed her an antidepressant, but she’s told her therapist she doesn’t... Read more

Saving My Younger Self

Black Therapists Rock Member Profile

Therapists who grew up in the communities of color they serve often have the social capital and particular wisdom to better understand clients’ core needs... Read more

More Than One Way to Heal

Black Therapists Rock Member Profile

It can be tricky doing therapy in communities where the field’s reputation is mixed, and people often feel more comfortable turning to the church for help... Read more

Clinician's Quandary February 5, 2019

Mark and his wife, Nicole, have been in couples therapy for almost six months. But Mark recently requested an individual session, where he revealed he recently... Read more

Clinician's Quandary November 6, 2018

My Clients and I Use the Same Dating Apps

Five Clinicians Give Their Take

A therapist recently joined a few online dating apps after finding herself newly single. She's seen several clients come up in these apps, and suspects they've... Read more

Clinician's Quandary September 18, 2018

My Client Keeps Checking His Phone! (Part Two)

Five More Clinicians Give Their Take

Our last Clinician’s Quandary received an overwhelming number of responses. Here are a few more that didn’t make it into Part One but offer other useful... Read more

Symposium Highlight April 23, 2015

Addressing Race Therapeutically in Black Relationships

Testimonials from the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Today I attended a workshop called “Working with Black Couples: Overcoming Myths and Stereotypes,” led by Dr. Christiana Awosan. Being an African American... Read more

Symposium Highlight April 21, 2015

The Therapeutic Goldmine of Song, Dance, and Mindfulness

Testimonials from the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

John Kabat-Zinn sparked my interest when he recounted the time Oprah asked him, "Is there life after death?" His reply to her: "Oprah, I'm interested in the... Read more

Symposium Highlight April 14, 2015

Mindfulness, Conscious Breathing Exercises, and Cyber Intimacy

Testimonials from the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Although I have read his books and seen many videos of him in action, today's Networker Symposium workshop was the first in-person opportunity I've had to hear... Read more

Symposium Highlight April 9, 2015

Couples Therapy, Brainspotting, and Truth in Love

Testimonials from the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

I had the pleasure of attending the Brainspotting seminar with David Grand today. What fresh and amazing information! I am drawn to anything that involves the... Read more

 A few decades ago, when young therapists like myself watched Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, or other leading lights, it was like... Read more

Symposium Highlight May 1, 2012

Symposium 2012

Embracing the New Wisdom

Andrew Weil, Mary Pipher, and Dan Siegel, along with 150 other presenters, not only helped the Networker Symposium celebrate its 35th anniversary, but... Read more

Psychotherapy's Greatest Debates

Assessing the State of the Art 2012

The State of the Art, the Networker’s first-ever virtual conference, offered an opportunity for leaders in our field who disagree to debate each other... Read more

Ten Most Influential Therapists

The Most Influential Therapists of the Past Quarter-Century

Twenty five years ago, in 1982, the first issue of the Psychotherapy Networker was published. That same year, American Psychologist surveyed 800 members of the... Read more

Truth and Reconciliation?

Healing the wounds of apartheid

From the May/June 1997 issue   “Ordinary South Africans are determined that the past be known, the better to insure that it is not repeated... Read more

From the July/August 1994 issue IN A WIDELY PUBLICIZED TRIAL last May anxiously followed by therapists around the country, a jury in Napa County... Read more

From the May/June 1994 issue LEARNING DISABILITIES (LD) AND Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are distinct disorders that not only undermine... Read more

THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE NOT#160; been friendly to psychotherapists.#160; Probably no other contemporary field has suffered so many widely publicized body blows... Read more

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