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10 Things Clients Might Say to Stay in Unhealthy Relationships

Recognize dysfunctional family patterns and help your clients choose a path forward

Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW

Bestselling author and relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab shares 10 phrases clients might use in therapy to stay in unhealthy relationships so you can identify when it's time to set healthy boundaries.


Healing the Invisible Wounds of Racial Trauma in Therapy

Racially-sensitive, trauma-informed interventions and strategies

Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D.

Ken Hardy, PhD, shares racially-sensitive, trauma-informed interventions and strategies that centralize race and racial oppression in every facet of the therapeutic process and relationship.


Implementing a Trauma-Informed Affirming Practice for Autistic Clients

Empower your autistic clients with these trauma-informed best practices

Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP

Watch Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS, share how to support your autistic clients in their ability to make a decision about what to do or what to say in a given scenario and move them toward independence and self-determination.


IFS for Addictions: Creating a Context for Collaboration and Hope

Develop and enhance the therapeutic experience with these FREE worksheets

Cece Sykes, LCSW, Martha Sweezy, PhD, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

The importance of a first session is that it leads to a second session, which is why creating a safe, collaborative context is key. Use the free exercises provided here to help you empathize with the fear and reluctance clients often feel when working through addictive or problematic behaviors.


6 Resilience-Building & Inclusive Children’s Books for National Read Across America Day

Celebrate diverse experiences with these children's books


To celebrate National Read Across America Day on March 2, we’ve selected six of our favorite children’s books that teach kids resilience-building skills and celebrate diverse experiences.


The Superpower of Psychological Flexibility

Tips to defuse from unhelpful, narrow ways of thinking that limit what’s possible for you

Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC

Research shows that higher levels of psychological flexibility provide a wide range of benefits, including higher levels of mental health and lower stress levels. Dr. Aprilia West offers some insight and an exercise to improve psychological flexibility.


Highly Sensitive People & Gaslighting

Free worksheet download to help you and clients decide when gaslighting is happening

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC, Amy Kempe, LPC, NCC, CSAT

Highly sensitive people can be more susceptible to gaslighting and manipulation. Authors of the new book, The Clinician’s Guide to Treating Adult Children of Narcissists, describe why this is the case, and offer a free worksheet to help clients and therapists differentiate between gaslighting or simply experiencing a variance between how two or more people perceive something.


Using a Somatic Approach for BIPOC Clients

A simple and effective mindfulness exercise with Dr. Chinwé Williams, PhD

Chinwé Williams

In this video, Dr. Williams invites you to practice a mindfulness exercise to use with your BIPOC clients to help them in the process of learning deeper self-awareness, how to regulate their nervous system, and manage their anxiety before it spirals from tolerable to overwhelming.


Help Clients Reduce Anxiety Through Mindfulness

Free infographic to help reduce your clients' anxiety and engage with the present moment


Help your clients commit to using their senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell to channel their thoughts in a purposeful direction with this downloadable exercise.


Understanding the Six Types of Boundaries

Free infographic to educate your clients on how to uphold personal limits

Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW

Boundaries expert Nedra Glover Tawwab shares six types of boundary setting so your clients can learn what violations can look like and how they can protect their peace.


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