Blogs and Free Resources

Here at PESI, our mission is to provide professionals like you with FREE practical and valuable tools, strategies, and resources to assist with the great work you do. Find expert tips, helpful worksheets, demonstration videos, CE, news, and more here. Happy learning!
Sort by:

When Therapeutic Breathing Isn't Effective

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, RYT

You don't always have to know what's going on with your clients in order to help them...I had a client that just didn't benefit from therapeutic breathing, so I tried something different. Let me show you in this short video.

Read more...

Supercharge Change with Values

The Purposeful Steps Exercise

Jessica Borushok, Ph.D.

Living a values-driven life involves getting out of your head and stepping into the world. Help your clients define what their next steps will be with the Purposeful Life activity.

Read more...

How to Get Kids Reading Before Kindergarten

The "Kitten Chow" activity

Karen Thatcher, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

We all play a vital role in the development of the kids that we serve. As providers, we not only affect a child's current development, we also have the ability to shape a child's future academic and social success when we help them learn to love reading.

Read more...

How to Forgive Yourself and Others

A Self- Compassion Lesson Every Teen Needs to Learn

Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.

Self-compassion and mindfulness skills can be adapted to almost any challenging situation teens face. The card deck I created provides over fifty conversation starters and exercises you can use with teens to help build mindful awareness, compassion, empathy, and kindness. Try this easy-to-implement exercise on forgiveness.

Read more...

Developing Body Awareness

The Circle Exercise

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

The Circle Exercise is a great tool to use when you need a little bit of movement to wake up the mind and body and clear the head. It can be used with all ages, both individually or in a group.

Read more...

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) For Addictions

The Bridge-Burning exercise to remove the means of acting on harmful behavior

Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC

Bridge-Burning is proactively removing the means of acting on your urges to engage in addictive behaviors. The concept of Bridge-Burning recognizes that relapse into harmful behaviors happens more easily when there is the immediate opportunity to act on impulses. Eliminating the opportunities and/or inserting barriers between urge and action will result in more opportunities to practice skills.

Read more...

Mindfulness Vs. Hypnosis

What's the difference anyway?

Rick Miller, LICSW

Clients (and therapists making referrals) are usually fairly certain that they want one or the other. They feel that either hypnosis or mindfulness is what is needed. You want to stop smoking? Hypnosis. You want to calm down? Mindfulness. It is usually either/or, though the presenting issue may very well be both.

Read more...

How to Tailor Psychotherapy to Kids with ADHD

Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN

Get 2 free handouts to help tailor your psychotherapy approach for kids and teens with ADHD.

Read more...

Video: Installing Resources

An Attachment-Focused EMDR™ In-session Demonstration with Dr. Laurel Parnell

PESI, Inc.

In this free, short video, Dr. Laurel Parnell, leader and innovator in the field of EMDR, shows you how to prepare your client for safe and effective trauma treatment.

Read more...

Eat Right, Feel Right

A recipe to soothe anxiety

Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC

This easy-to-make recipe for Thai Coconut Chicken Soup is warming and satisfying all at once. The benefits of chicken and chicken broth, coconut cream, and the herbs all contribute to elevate mood and increase a sense of satisfaction. Coconut is rich in B Vitamins, which reduce anxiety, and the fat is easy to digest and supports memory and focus.

Read more...

Page 10 of 24 (234 Blog Posts)