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Training the Brain to Heal the Anxious Mind

Free printable worksheets from Dr. Catherine Pittman

Catherine Pittman, PH.D., HSPP

Dr. Catherine Pittman shows how clients can explore their own fear response—and the amygdala—with these FREE worksheets.

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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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Social Media & Anxious Teens: Helping Young Clients Evaluate Their Time Spent Online

Free worksheet download to use with teens

Angela Doel, MS, Lawrence Shapiro, PhD

Lawrence Shapiro, PhD, and Angela Doel, MS, provide a free worksheet to help teen clients with social anxiety discover the advantages and disadvantages of their own social media time.

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EMDR Vs CBT: Which Treatment to Choose

PESI Team

EMDR or CBT: which is the better treatment? Our helpful article details the differences between the two, and which you should choose for your client.

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Ask a Therapist: My Child Is Showing Signs of Anxiety

Discover a 2-step plan to empower anxious kids

Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

Mother, therapist, and children’s book author Christina Furnival, MS, LPCC, provides a two-step plan for when our little ones begin to feel stress, anxiety, and fears about the world around them.

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National Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week

In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, we're bringing you these resources.

PESI Team

In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, we're bringing you these resources.

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Helping Kids Face Fear and Anxiety Head-On

Age-appropriate worksheets to help kids develop coping strategies & build resilience

Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

Help educate children about anxiety, empowering them with awareness while opening the conversation to help normalize their experience with these age-specific worksheets from PESI author Christina Furnival, MS, LPCC!

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Avoiding the “What Do I Treat First?” Trap

Treating emotional disorders more effectively with the Unified Protocol

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD

Real clients don’t fit into simple diagnostic categories. And when clients come in with multiple issues, it can be difficult to know where to begin. But in this overview of the Unified Protocol, Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala shares how one approach can get to the heart of suffering.

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Being Mindful with the 5 Senses

Free exercise to reduce anxiety and engage with the present moment!

Lawrence Shapiro, PhD

How can people with generalized anxiety disorder live in the present? Lawrence E. Shapiro, PhD, encourages mindfulness with the use of our senses—something we can use anytime, anywhere.

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