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Ask a Therapist: How Do I Teach My Child Social-Emotional Skills?

3 proven strategies for SEL development

Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP

Summer doesn’t have to mean a vacation from learning. Lisa Weed Phifer offers up social-emotional learning exercises to get kids ready for the start of a new school year.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety

Free exercise to teach psychological flexibility

Richard Sears, PSYD, PHD, MBA, ABPP

Clients often end up trapped in patterns of avoiding their anxiety, but what happens when they instead try to meet it in the present moment? PESI author Richard Sears provides an overview of the benefits of psychological flexibility.

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The Skill of Savoring: A Polyvagal Tool for Ventral Vagal Regulation

Video demonstration from Deb Dana, LCSW

DEB DANA, LCSW

Clients stuck in cycles of anxiety, fear, and distress need simple, but effective inner guidance to find their way back to safety, connection, and hope. Deb Dana, LCSW, shares a 20-30 second exercise that clients can use to more deeply savor their positive experiences.

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Celebrating Gender Identity with Youth Clients

FREE LGBTQ+ Youth worksheets

Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.

Sexual orientation is so much more than being gay, straight, or bisexual. PESI author Lee-Anne Gray provides helpful worksheets to aid clients in exploring gender and sexuality.

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EMDR State-Change Exercises: Tools for Trauma Treatment

Free printable worksheets from an EMDR expert

Megan McQuary, LCSW, CSUD, CCTP, EMDR CIT

Before we begin the work of trauma processing, it’s essential to make sure clients are equipped with skills to handle distress. Help clients build coping skills with these exercises from Megan McQuary, LCSW, ACADC, CCTP-II, EMDR-C.

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Tips for New Therapists on Growing a Private Practice

therapist.com Team

From discovering a specialty to prioritizing networking, clinician Frank Anderson, MD, shares his proven strategies for clinicians to grow their private practice.

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How to Help Clients While Managing Your Own Emotions

therapist.com Team

In order to avoid burning out, it's essential for therapists to have strategies to take care of themselves. Trauma therapist Frank Anderson, MD, provides his recommendations for practicing self-care.

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Common Struggles for New Therapists in Private Practice

therapist.com Team

From managing overhead costs to navigating paperwork and billing, opening a private practice poses several challenges for any therapist. Frank Anderson, MD, reflects on his journey and provides expert advice.

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What It’s Like to Start Your Own Private Practice

therapist.com Team

Renowned therapist Frank Anderson, MD, reflects on his experience launching his own private practice and provides guidance for clinicians who are thinking of making the switch.

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Enhancing Self-Regulation Through Play Therapy

Free trauma-informed play therapy demonstration & worksheets

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Many children with big behaviors need help learning how to regulate themselves more quickly or more effectively. PESI author Paris Goodyear-Brown provides a simple sensory-soothing activity that can be particularly helpful for children who struggle to close their eyes and relax.

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