03.19.2012 Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE By Rich Simon
Back in January, we asked subscribers to contribute their personal stories about how the magazine has influenced their development as therapists and as people. We wanted to know if there were any specific issues or articles that had a significant impact, led to an interesting experience, or really, anything that readers wanted us to know.
We were so honored by the responses that came pouring in, and would like to post some of these responses (many in an abridged format) here. We’d love to hear more, too. If you’re a subscriber of the magazine, we’d love to provide you with another opportunity for response and comments here.
If you’re not a magazine subscriber but still a part of the Networker community—a webcast participant, a Symposium attendee, or just a fan in general—we want to hear from you, too. How has the Networker community impacted you? And an even larger question, if you’ve gotten a chance to read our March/April issue on “Is Therapy Getting Better?”—what do you think? Where do you think this community, and the wider community of mental health professionals, is headed?
Ever since, the Networker has been my lifeline. Waiting for it to arrive every other month has become an implicit pattern of my “being in time”. And, of course, I devour it within a few days from cover to cover.
My longtime favorites were Frank Pittman’s film columns. He interwove the description of the movies with his memories and experiences: what a delight!
I admire Rich Simon and his steadfast team for their continuous excellence and enthusiasm for what they are doing. Although I am little by little reducing my caseload and getting out of the professional persona, I cannot quit subscribing for the Networker. Thank you.
What stands out most to me is the yearly embodiment of the magazine’s spirit, the gathering of the tribe—the Symposium. When I think “Symposium,” a montage of images flows through my brain:
Dozens of red roses filling the lobby of the historic Shoreham and familiar faces of the courteous staff year after year.
When our house burned down one February and in March, I was refunded my tuition and still welcomed to attend.
The friend fighting cancer, who was offered the same beautiful courtesy...just in time for her to get enough CEs to keep her license, as she’d been too ill to do anything but try to survive.
The fun of watching first-year attendees stand up when told to by Richard Gonzalez... the facial expressions of slight apprehension (“He’s going to make us—what?—DANCE?” turning to joy, “Look! I’m dancing!”)
The Psychotherapy Networker and the Symposium make me extremely proud to have answered the call to become a therapist.
‘Thank you’ is absolutely not enough. I hope I can look forward to many more years in your company—even if one day I’ll stop practicing, I still hope you’ll be there to keep my brain in good shape.
I’ve been reading Psychotherapy Networker for the last 20 years and I keep telling my master’s in counseling students that yours is the one publication (besides The New Yorker) that will give them the most useful articles to read for their professional development.
I have been enjoying the Psychotherapy Networker for some years now. I greatly appreciate this avenue of connection with a large community of psychotherapists, particularly because the Networker consistently addresses the larger cultural contexts of our work. Some specific examples include:
I discovered Terry Real and his Relationship Empowerment Therapy and as I read his initial article, I could see all the pieces I’d been gathering through years of working with couples weaving together into a more complete tapestry!
The articles on mindfulness, the Interpersonal Neurobiology work of Dan Siegel, and other articles on brain science have helped me to get current in this inspiring part of our growing field.
I often see parents who are struggling in the face of intense cultural pressures. The articles by Ron Taffel and his work with the new adolescence have been helpful to me and many parents. Bill Doherty’s articles on couples counseling and family time pressures have helped me address cultural contexts.
I feel grateful for the Psychotherapy Networker and look forward to the continued growth of our community. Happy 30th Anniversary!
One article which meant so much to me was “Don’t Look Back” by Richard Schwartz. It expertly presented the validity of what I call “developmental personology” and the type of therapy that works to ameliorate it. It gave me hope that I, too, could someday become a therapist who would be able to take clients into their pasts to heal the old wounds so that they might become happier, healthier people.
Thank you, Psychotherapy Networker, for 30 years of great work.