Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 5, September/October

AROUND THE NETWORK: America's Therapist; Loving and Loathing Dr. Laura
MANY MAINSTREAM THERAPISTS MAY NOT even have heard of her, but for the 18 million radio listeners who tune in to "The Dr. Laura Program" every week, Laura Schlessinger, the show's host, is the only therapist they'll ever need a confrontational, moral...
BOOKMARKS: The Talking Cure: The Science Behind Psychotherapy
SUSAN VAUGHN Putnam. 1997. 203pp. ISBN 0-399-14229-0 TED BEGINS HIS session with a dream. "I'm driving a large, red speedboat to my company picnic," he says. "I drive it right up to where my boss is standing and I beach it on some soft sand .... When...
CASE STUDIES: Nunna Yer Beeswax; No-Talk Therapy with Adolescents
ANY THERAPIST WHO has ever tried to engage an anxious, sullen or confused adolescent who refuses to talk knows the meaning of frustration and futility. When the old standards of 'joining" with clients active listening, supportive reframing, miracle questions...
FAMILY MATTERS: The Shirt off My Back;Losing Control of Your Story Can Be a Terrifying Experience
WHEN YOU PARADE your pathology in public as I have, shamelessly revealing things most people would rather die than admit, your writing at the very least is called "honest." But I prefer "candid." Candor implies a sincere reach for the truth, accompanied...
GETTING UNSTUCK: Choosing Sides; Remaining Even-Handed in the Face of Unequal Power and Privilege
Q:  As a therapist sensitive to the unequal distribution of power and privilege in marriage, how can i avoid the appearance of siding with the woman against the man?A:  ACTUALLY, THE MAIN way not .to appear one-sided is not to be one-sided. Good therapy...
Hard Times for Lovers
IT'S 1958. MY parents are showing some friends the latest batch of home movies of the big Fourth of July get-together at the beach. The camera jerkily pans the shoreline, moving first too fast and then too slow. It settles on the clumps of aunts, uncles,...
Love for the Long Haul
MY FRIEND JULIE AND I sat shoulder to shoulder in a cramped ice-cream parlor, picking at our hot-fudge sundaes and talking about her marriage. The topic was not new to us. Virtually every time we met, Julie would recount the latest incident that...
OF CONTRACTS AND KINGS: Imago and Its Growing Pains
FOR MANY IMAGO clinicians, the March 1996 letter from headquarters was the last straw, After all, they had already spent 12 days and §2.500 for training to become Certified Imago Therapists. Next. they had signed a detailed contract spelling out what...
Passionate Marriage: Helping Couples Decode the Language of Their Sexuality
BETTY, A DESIGNER in a high-powered advertising firm, and Donald, a college professor bucking for tenure, had been married for 15 years. They spent the first 10 minutes in my office invoking the standard litany of our times as an explanation for their...
Psychotherapy Saves Money
Evidence continues to mount that both individual and family psychotherapy save money by cutting health expenditures, reducing employee absenteeism and boosting productivity. In the February American journal of Psychiatry, psychiatrists Glen Gabbard...
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE: Is Couples Therapy Obsolete? Psychoeducation Raises Questions about Traditional Clinical Approaches
SANDY AND TOM have known each other for three years and feel very much in love. They met while attending law school, where they immediately discovered they shared a strong interest in biking, camping and traveling. They have a lot of fun together and...
SCREENING ROOM: Lifesavers; Finding Relief from Hollywood's Summer Blockbusters
EACH YEAR, THE huddled masses of sweating citizens, seeking solace from the heat of summer and boredom of vacation, celebrate our nation's birthday with fireworks, rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air, all on screen. Most wannabe blockbuster...
The Biology of Love
One hot summer afternoon in Ottawa in the mid-1980s, I was sitting in my office listening to a couple. Well, almost listening. As they talked on, I floated in and out of the session wondering why I hadn't become a hairdresser, as my mother had recommended...
The Cultural Context of Intimacy
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO STEP BACK TO GET CLOSE."I BELIEVE A couple is a couple," says John, a white, 49-year-old family therapist who has been in practice for 22 years in New York. John felt confident he could help Renee and Dara, a lesbian couple in their...

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