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Within the conceptual literature, multicultural therapeutic approaches have long recognized therapist self-disclosure as a skill or even competency (Bitar, Kimball, Bermúdez, & Drew, 2014; Henretty & Levitt, 2010). Self-disclosure has been discussed as an intervention that may build trust and credibility in cross-cultural contexts (Constantine & Kwan, 2003; Henretty & Levitt, 2010). Disclosure may suggest […]

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As one of Dr. Michael Constantino’s President-Elect initiatives, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SAP) administered a scholarship competition to support three student SAP members’ attendance at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR) Science-to-Practice Workshop, An Introduction to Dyadic Data Analysis in Psychotherapy Research, on October 28, 2017 in Lake George, NY. Given SAP’s close connection […]

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Exciting Times Ever since graduate school, I have always felt that attending the annual APA convention was “my gift to me.” It represents a time to reunite with colleagues that I have not seen in a while and, at the same time, actually learn quite a bit about the advances occurring within psychology. At its […]

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Research shows clinicians are less likely to recognize eating disorder pathology in racial and ethnic minority women than in White women, even after controlling for the severity of self-reported disordered-eating symptoms (Becker, Franko, Speck, & Herzog, 2003; Gordon, Brattole, Wingate, & Joiner, 2006). These findings indicate that the problematic and unsupported stereotype of ethnic minority […]

J. (1) grew up in an upper-middle class suburban setting. As a child, both parents repeatedly claimed to be college graduates. But J. discovered online as an adult that his father, despite being an accomplished multi-sport athlete on scholarship, had dropped out before completing his final year. Both parents encouraged J. and his siblings to […]

One of the monastery’s old monks had become a hermit living deep in the mountains, a two-and-a-half day hike over difficult mountain paths. Many visitors made the trek to receive advice and teachings from the old man. He was reputed to have an uncanny ability to know just what each visitor needed. Prior to giving […]

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Communication With the General Public If you were to meet me at a party, you might be forgiven for thinking that I am being purposefully rather vague about what I do for a living. When people ask me, I tend to answer with something like: “. . . I am a psychotherapist.” After the usual […]

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Welcome to Fall, and to the first online-exclusive issue of Psychotherapy Bulletin! We hope you enjoy this issue, which offers a variety of articles on topics ranging from emotional closeness in Arab American families to utilizing online media effectively as mental health practitioners to identifying eating disorders in Latina clients in the United States. We […]

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I remember sitting in an ethics course during my fourth year of my doctoral program and listening to the professor reminding us that the self-care practices we establish in graduate school are the ones we maintain for our careers. I wondered how on earth I was supposed to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle while […]

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Theoretical Background In individualistic Western cultures, the concept of enmeshment denotes that there can be too much loyalty and interdependence within a family; this idea intersects in challenging ways with the high degree of loyalty that is central to Arab family values. In varying cultural contexts, extreme togetherness may be preferred by family members as […]

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