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Bringing Men to the Table: Recognizing & Treating Eating Disorders in Male Clients

Key considerations for working with male clients

Andrew Walen, LCSW, LICSW, CEDS-S

To identify and treat males, it takes a complete re-think of what you assume eating disorders look like and how best to assist. Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS-S, provides key guidance.

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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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Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Complex Trauma, and Body Shame

Interview with renowned expert Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW

Binge eating disorder is the most underdiagnosed eating disorders, yet it occurs at very high rates in trauma survivors. In this candid interview, Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, explores the intersection of eating disorders and trauma, as well as the implications for treatment.

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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

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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

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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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5 Secrets for Braver Boundary Setting

Learn to set and uphold boundaries with ease!

therapist.com Team

Setting boundaries often means having tough conversations with loved ones. Discover simple scripts from Hailey Magee that will empower your clients to set healthy boundaries in their lives.

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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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What is Medical Trauma?

Definition & special considerations from a medical trauma expert

Sacha McBain, PhD

The impacts of medical trauma are as broad as they are misunderstood. Medical trauma expert Dr. Sacha McBain provides an overview of how a medical crisis can lead to a unique presentation of PTSD.

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