New Therapist 12
The diagnosis-and-other-stories edition
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM) has for decades been like the ten commandments of the mental health industry. But, when it fails to deliver the goods, the mental health fraternity dissects it.
DSM's in the business of numbers. So is Amazon.com. And when we check out the relationship between them, some odd questions arise.
David Nylund has broken fresh ground in the vexed field of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder with his recent book Treating Huck Finn. We spoke exclusively to him about why he thinks the "deficit" part of the diagnosis is such a bad focus in treatment and he outlines his narrative approach to ADHD diagnoses.
The great white hope
Michael White is arguably the most central name in narrative therapy. But that's not a position he favours on principle. He'd prefer the position he favours in his therapeutic role, what he calls a decentred but influential role. In this interview, he talks more about this therapeutic ethic of modesty.
Postmodernists go post-diagnosis
The world's leading postmodern therapy listserv, the Postmodern Therapies Homepage, was asked by New Therapist to consider the status and future of diagnosis. Here's a digested version of their thoughts about how to work within the DSM system.
The Millon-dollar personality handbook
Theodore Millon is arguably the granddaddy of personality theory in the DSM era. And, says Graham Lindegger, his presence is made even more manifest with the latest revision of his thoughts in Personality Disorders in Modern Life.
Rodney Yoder has been detained against his will in the Chester Mental Health Centre for over a decade. He has little sympathy for the use of diagnosis in involuntary committal. In short, he wants to get out.
New Therapist 10
The hypnotic edition
Your tired old ideas about hypnosis will begin to grow heavy
In this exclusive interview, leading hypnotherapist Michael Yapko talks candidly about his provocative take on hypnosis and how it is earning him a reputation as a uniquely lucent member of the trance set.
Hypnosis and the ripple effect
New York-based hypnotherapist Albina Tamalonis outlines her Ericksonian approach to the treatment of addiction with the aid of hypnosis.
An irreverent poke at the gargantuan professional coterie that is the hypnosis industry and how it might look without it's showy and self-indulgent clothing - By Val Lewis.
First new meaning, then new action...
Reframing hypnosis as reframing - By David Fourie.
Like what is there to say when a dandelion breaks through the concrete?
A timeless, DIY trance induction, by Tim Barry.
New Therapist 11
The altered states edition
Curing the therapeutic state
A wide ranging interview with Thomas Szasz on drugs, therapy and the State.
When therapy involves ecstasy... Yes, the drug.
What is it, what drugs does it use and what's it like for therapists and clients. Includes client accounts of their experiences in psycholytic therapy and some of the efficacy research on drug-assisted therapy.
Body of evidence
What you always wanted to know about the body psychotherapies but couldn't quite put your finger on.
The fish and the ape
Nick Totton recounts a classic body therapy case of Wilhelm Reich's.
Embodied Relational Therapy
Nick Totton unpacks his own brand of body therapy.
Bodywork and relationship
Navigating the tricky waters of a touching therapy relationship.
Body worker beware
Some compelling reasons to steer clear of the body psychotherapies, by veteran psychoanalyst Robert Langs.