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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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3 Proven Strategies to Reduce Vulnerability to Panic

Techniques to use in your daily life to prevent future panic attacks

Elena Welsh, PhD

Not only can clinicians help clients develop strategies to cope during a panic attack, but we can also provide them with tools and strategies to make future panic attacks less likely. Elena Welsh, PhD, shares three long-term strategies to reduce vulnerability to panic.

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3 Proven Strategies to Stop Panic in its Tracks

Techniques to use during panic attacks to find relief

Elena Welsh, PhD

During a panic attack, clients are often consumed by their physical and mental symptoms. These simple exercises from Elena Welsh, PhD, help bring the body back to a state of calm and distract the brain from thoughts of panic.

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Introducing the Havening Touch: The Neurobiological Superpower We Hold in Our Hands

Discover a way to create new pathways to sustainable change in your clients' lives

Kate Truitt, PhD, MBA

The havening touch is an evidence-based tool that works to shift the way the brain is functioning, decreasing feelings of stress and increasing feelings of safety. Discover the science behind this simple but revolutionary technique!

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Turning Hopeless into Hopeful: Using Creative Hopelessness to Help Clients Let Go

A powerful acceptance and commitment therapy strategy for change

Richard Sears, PSYD, PHD, MBA, ABPP

Are your clients clinging to coping mechanisms that no longer serve them? ACT expert Richard Sears provides a technique for getting clients to leave behind behaviors that are not working—using their own life experiences!

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Does EMDR Work as a Treatment for Depression?

PESI Team

Can EMDR be used to treat depression? EMDR is a common treatment for PTSD – however, research shows it also has benefits in treating depressive disorders.

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