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Simple Breath Awareness: An exercise to fight stress, anxiety and insomnia

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT

You can use this simple breath awareness exercise from the classic text, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali," in a therapy session to help the client direct their attention to internal states and balance their autonomic nervous system.

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Video: Emotional Responsiveness with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

When you nurture your child's emotional world, you help build the connective fibers that make the reactive centers of their brains more readily and easily calmed down. Over time, these repeated emotional responsive interactions change your child's brain in a way that allows them to have better behavior and better emotional regulation. Learn more from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson...

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Can’t vs. Wont: The No-Drama Strategy to Help You Respond to Your Child’s Needs

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Making the distinction between can’t and won’t will help you respond to your child’s needs, and support him in moments when he is having difficulty managing his emotions and behaviors. Instead of reacting to disobedience, you can respond to your child in a way that builds connection and reduces the unwanted behavior.

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Lion Breathing

Melt stress and tension from your face

Jamie Marich, Ph.D.

For all the time we spend stretching our body, how often do we pause to stretch our face? With Lion Breathing you can quickly and easily relieve stress and tension by stretching your face.

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Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)

Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

It is perhaps unsurprising that the porn-related question we most often hear in our therapy practices relates to the amount of porn people use. Much of the time this question is posed by wives worried about their husband’s online endeavors. In short, these women want to know: How much porn is too much? And when does it cross the line from use to addiction?

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The Opioid Epidemic: What can you do to help your clients?

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

No longer can we look the other way and assume that these deaths are confined to a certain type, class, race, or gender of person. Fifty-two people die from overdose every single day. This cause of death now outranks motor vehicle accident deaths.

Know what you can do to help your clients...

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MBSR-T Interventions: Pleasant Life Moments & Events Calendar

Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT

In this video, Gina Biegel, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T), shares her Pleasant Life Moments and Pleasant Events Calendar interventions. They are powerful teen-focused mindfulness practices that draw awareness to the many positive moments and activities in daily life.

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Before You Scroll, Try This Mindful Social Media Practice

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

We're all self-critical—but for teens, self-consciousness is hardwired. Here's how to become aware of the emotions we're courting on social media.

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A Trip to Cuba: A view of the island from the eyes of Christina Taylor, PhD

Christina Taylor, Ph.D.

As a psychology resident on staff at the mental health center in Key West, Florida in the early 90s, my interest in Cuba was piqued by work with Cuban-American exiles who brought their vibrant Cuban culture to our most southern American city. This past March my dream of visiting Cuba came true on a tour focused on birding, people, and cultural exchange.

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How to Navigate a Sensory World with an Autism Diagnosis

When children with Autism learn to navigate their sensory world and understand that a simple touch on the shoulder is not a threat, they are better able to reach out socially.

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