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Internal Family Systems: No part left behind

Frank G. Anderson, M.D. • 1/4/2016 • 1 Comment

Developed by Dick Schwartz in the 80’s, IFS started as a grassroots therapy model and is quickly becoming a sought after treatment. We sat down with Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D., and director of the Center for Self Leadership, to get the scoop on what makes this emerging therapy the hot new kid on the block.

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How to Transform Self-Punishment into Self-Compassion

Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., MFT • 1/1/2016 • 1 Comment

As a psychotherapist, it's your job to give your clients the guidance they need to make healthy decisions that will bring them contentment. This New Year, introduce self-compassion as a more worthy resolution than one that could lead to self-punishment.

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Breathing the Rainbow: A guided meditation

When the energetic body isn't balanced, we can experience a sense of irritation, anxiety or lack of balance. When you start to feel anxious or irritated, taking a few minutes to realign your chakras can help calm the body. Here's a guided meditation you can practice...

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Palm the Present Moment: A practical mindfulness tool

Donald Altman, MA, LPC • 12/27/2015 • No Comments

One of the advantages of the Palm the Present Moment practice is that it's portable and easy to use. It offers a multi-purpose means of centering to counter anxiety—especially when transitioning from one physical location or situation to another.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Patient: Motivating change

Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. • 12/15/2015 • 3 Comments

Do you get frustrated with your patients not listening to your pleading to make seemingly simple lifestyle changes? When we realize that we cannot push, pull or drag our patients to change their behavior, we open the door to a new conversation: One that centers on relating to the fact that all people face struggles with change.

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What's in a Brand? Learning What Campbell's Soup and Dr. Phil Already Know

Joe Bavonese, Ph.D. • 12/9/2015 • No Comments

For therapists, traditional ways of getting the word out—a discrete ad here, a few hints to colleagues there, even a fancy website—just won’t cut it anymore. In a sound-bite-saturated world of information overload, having a brand that stands out is the only way to attract potential clients.

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Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Treatment Discovery

PESIinc • 12/4/2015 • 2 Comments

For 40 years, as both a researcher and a clinician, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., has studied those living with trauma. Among them were soldiers, torture victims, child abuse survivors, and many others. What has he determined after years of research?

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10 Ways to Help Stuck Clients Move Forward

PESIinc • 11/24/2015 • 1 Comment

Our emotional brains are primed to override the rational mind with patterns that persist until we intervene with something this feeling brain can understand: a compelling emotional experience that completely changes how we feel, not just how we think. Orchestrating such felt experiences with your clients is easier than you think. Here are 10 strategies...

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10 Questions to Ask Your Client About Social Media Use

Meagan Houston, Ph.D., SAP • 11/20/2015 • No Comments

The cyber age has provided a breeding ground for bullying, and our clients can be bombarded daily with negative comments, images or untruths about themselves. Understanding how your clients use social media can be key to successful sessions.

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Can You Hear Me Now: When to stop fixing and just listen

Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., MFT • 11/18/2015 • 2 Comments

When a client comes to you in emotional distress and you sense that childhood wounds are the cause, your instinct is to spring into action. We want to stitch them up and slap on a new metaphorical bandage.

But you can't fix them. And here's why...

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