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Living the Unlived Life

Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Tara Brach is a clinical psychologist and one of the foremost American teachers of Buddhist practices, who's developed a distinctive approach to healing that bridges Western psychological knowledge and Eastern spiritual traditions.

In the following excerpt, Brach not only conveys the message of Buddhist acceptance and wisdom, but illuminates the differences between therapy and the spiritual path.

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ASK ESTHER: Stable ambiguity and the rise of ghosting, icing and simmering

Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

“I’ve been dating a woman for three weeks, but after we had sex for the first time, she’s stopped texting me back. WTF?” – Edward, 36

Rejection has always been a part of the relationship landscape. But are the new trends of ghosting, icing and simmering increasing our acceptance of ambiguous ends?

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How To: Getting Kids to Chip In Around the House

Susan P. Epstein, LCSW

When everyone in the family contributes to the chores, you teach a valuable lesson: The family is a team. Here are some tips and tricks to getting everyone involved with household chores.

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Internal Family Systems: No part left behind

Frank G. Anderson, M.D.

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

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

Nancy Williams Cyr, MSc, CCC-SLP, E-RYT-500

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

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.

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.

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

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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