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The Psychological Flexibility of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

FREE 5-minute video

Michael C. May, MA, LCPC

Michael May, LCPC, demonstrates how you can use ACT protocols as a “choose your own adventure” to create treatment plans that work for any client.

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Lead clients stuck in cycles of anxiety, fear, distress, and loneliness back to safety so they can start to heal

Polyvagal Theory clinical application expert Deb Dana reveals how to help clients feel safe enough to begin healing and make lasting, positive changes.

DEB DANA, LCSW

Discover a simple tool that helps clients feel safe so they can start the healing process and make lasting changes.

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How Post-Traumatic Symptoms Reflect Our Trauma History

When Our Nervous System Adapts to Threat in the Absence of Danger

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Individuals who have been exposed to chronic and repeated trauma often have a nervous system still mobilized for danger, evoking trauma responses of fear, fight, or flight long after the threat has passed.

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Help Clients of All Ages Get to the Root Cause of Grief

Alissa Drescher, LPC, GC-C, CT, MA, shares a simple technique that helps clients discover the underlying cause of their suffering so they can move forward

Alissa Drescher, LPC, GC-C, CT, MA

Discover a simple technique that helps clients get to the root of their grief and suffering—especially helpful for talking about the grief of living losses.

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Desperate Efforts to Regulate a Traumatized Nervous System

Understanding the Vicious Circle of Addictive and Self-Destructive Behavior

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Confused and frightened by intense feelings and physical responses—and tormented by their negative thoughts—many trauma survivors feel desperate for relief. Drugs, alcohol, self-harm, and many other compulsive behaviors provide brief periods of respite, but unfortunately, the relief is short-lived. As the body develops tolerance for these addictive or self-destructive impulses, they eventually become worse than the trauma symptoms themselves.

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Going Virtual with Couples

From Skeptic to Believer, an article published in the Psychotherapy Netwoker Magazine, November/December 2020 issue.

Psychotherapy Networker, Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

Online couples therapy can be tough, especially with a high-stakes case. The developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy dives into the deep end with a couple living in the Arctic

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Help Clients Overcome Resistance to Forgiveness so They can Heal after Trauma

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, provides a simple 5-stages model to debunk forgiveness myths and help your clients start their healing journey.

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD

There can be a lot of initial resistance to forgiveness after trauma because of these common false beliefs about what forgiveness means. Help clients move past these myths so they forgive and heal.

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Putting Group Therapy Tips and Tools into Practice

Unboxing Judy Belmont’s Latest Card Deck

Judith Belmont, MS, NCC, LPC

[Vlog] Judy Belmont shares her new therapeutic resource, The Group Therapy Card Deck: 99 CBT, DBT, ACT, and Positive Psychology Tips and Tools and gives step-by-step directions on how to use these cards in group therapy. Plus 5 free downloadable cards!

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The Effect of Feeling: Pleasant and Unpleasant

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, LICSW, reveals a simple technique for reducing anxiety

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, LICSW, reveals a simple technique that helps clients transform thoughts and feelings to reduce anxiety.

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Proven technique helps clients and their partners overcome disconnection

Drs. John and Julie Gottman share what they’ve learned from more than 40 years of research

John M. Gottman, Ph.D., Julie Gottman, Ph.D.

Failed bids to connect is one of the major sources of conflict between people in intimate relationships. Drs. John and Julie Gottman reveal how couples can repair the damage and strengthen the relationship in the aftermath of a failed bid to connect.

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