TIFT #69: When Progress Leads to Problems tift Jan 31, 2023

 

This post is about the ways that therapeutic gains can surprise us and our clients when they lead to painful negative experiences. The bottom line is that being ready to help clients prepare for these events can turn bad experiences into positive ones.

Backlash

That’s the term I...

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TIFT #68 When Boundaries Become Barriers tift Jan 17, 2023

 

“I don’t do that.” Wouldn’t it be nice if setting a boundary were that easy? The client would understand that this is simply part of the method and accept the limitation without complaint with no subsequent fallout. Why not? Adults accept all kinds of arbitrary...

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TIFT #67: Becoming a Better Therapist tift Jan 04, 2023

 

The second day of 2023 seems like a good time to think about becoming an even better therapist. We all have doubts and areas where we can grow. In this post, I’ll share some possible directions for deepening our understanding and practice. 

My training, like that of...

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TIFT #66: Year in Review 2022 tift Dec 20, 2022

 

This year has seen publication of 25 issues of “Tuesday is for Therapists.” With each issue, I, myself, learn and make use of these nuggets in my own practice. I hope they are as useful to my readers. 

I have one wish for my readers. Please share your questions and...

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TIFT #65: Accurate Empathy Clarified tift Dec 07, 2022

 

A reader pointed out that I have been using Carl Rogers’ concept of “accurate empathy” differently from Rogers, himself, and that has caused some confusion. I’m glad for a chance to clarify, but even more important this issue sheds light on the transformative...

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TIFT #64: The Limbic Pipeline tift Nov 22, 2022

 

We all know that when clients show emotion in their sessions we are on the right track. We also know that purely intellectual interpretation or reframing is not effective. But the pipeline between client and therapist and between consciousness and the limbic system bears a harder look. It...

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TIFT #63: How Therapists Will Save the World tift Nov 08, 2022

 

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TIFT #62: Why is Emotional Awareness Important? tift Oct 25, 2022

 

The key to undoing psychotherapy’s divisiveness and silos is understanding the healing moment at the core of every therapy. You could call it a “moment of meeting” or an “ah-hah” moment, or a successful exposure session. What our field doesn’t know yet...

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TIFT #61: On Research and Clinicians tift Oct 19, 2022

 

This post is about difficulty clinicians have with researchers and vice versa.

  • An important but little recognized cause of divisiveness arises from contrasting standards of evidence and proof.
  • The conscience, including its standards, does not stop forming at age 5. Internalized...
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TIFT #60: The Inner Child Owns Our True Motivation inner child tift Sep 27, 2022

 

Summer is a time when toddlers warm one’s heart as they scale steps, run away from parents, and insist on what they want, period! Will and motivation are the same, and they start very young. Like lambs who get to their feet within minutes of brith, if we didn’t have strong...

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TIFT #59: Internal Family Systems–the "Self" ifs tift Sep 27, 2022

 

A reader asked if I could help “de-confuse” Internal Family Systems therapy. Doing so is very much part of the mission of these posts. IFS therapy, like most "branded" therapies, has developed its own set of constructs, and its explanations are, as is usual, self referential....

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TIFT #58: Internal Family Systems...? tift Sep 01, 2022
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