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What Silence Taught Me: Six months with no voice

Susan Pomeranz, MFT, Ph.D.

I began seeing that most of what came out of my mouth was about my discomfort with silence. It felt too naked. My incessant talking was a way to fill the void. As I accepted that I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t speak, the voice in my head began to quiet.

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Yoga for Trauma Treatment: 3 somatic interventions

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT

When you use trauma-sensitive yoga as a therapeutic intervention with your clients, part of your role is to monitor the state of your client's autonomic nervous system, and to use somatic interventions when they need to bring it back into regulation. Here are 3 somatic interventions you can use with your client.

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Would You Chain Your Client to a Tree?

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

You don't have to tell Martha Teater about the mental health crisis in Africa. She's witnessed the tragedy with her own eyes. Here she describes her time spent at the only Zambian psychiatric hospital where the patients appear to be either clearly psychotic and agitated, or over medicated to the point of drooling and appearing almost catatonic.

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Go ahead—put some love into yourself. (We dare you)

Susan Pomeranz, MFT, Ph.D.

Now I’m not proud of this, but I’ve been known to pretty much drive folks off the road so I’m not late for my Yoga class. We’re all so busy running around to get it all done that it’s easy to forget the real deal: the peace and possibilities that comes from being in the moment.

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Joaquin’s Deadly Fury: How to help others while not hurting yourself

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

The same CBT techniques that you may suggest to your clients can be equally beneficial to you in preventing compassion fatigue. If thoughts identified in a distressing situation involve a “what if” or “worst case scenario” thinking pattern, a technique from the book Overcoming Compassion Fatigue can help. Bonus: Free worksheet "De-Catastrophizing When Thinking the Worst."

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C.C. Sabathia and You: Help your clients assess their drinking privately

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

Yankees pitching sensation C.C. Sabathia has announced that he will miss the post-season this year to get treatment for a drinking problem. People who know him are saying they didn't realize he had a drinking problem. Are we also missing signs in the people we serve?

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3 Tips to Improve Social Anxiety in Young Children

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D.

Social anxiety in children can be rather disruptive for a family, therefore having a few cognitive-behavioral activities and resources to quickly offer a family can be of great help to a clinician or school psychologist. Here are three ideas, based in cognitive science, written as a handout for parents, so you can simply print it, discuss it and then provide more individualized strategies as well.

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A Dose of Your Own Medicine: Why Clinicians Need to Practice Mindfulness

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As a therapist, you’re likely well versed in mindfulness-based therapies. You’ve probably even tried a mindfulness-based technique with a client. But when you walk out of the office, and you’ve put your therapist self aside for the evening, have you used mindfulness for your own self-healing?

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You Can Heal Your Heart After Grief: Honoring Infertility and Miscarriage

David Kessler

Affirmations are powerful tools, especially when used with mirror work. For women who have experienced infertility or miscarriage, mirror work can begin a path to finding inner peace.

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Duty to Warn: No One Commits a Crime Without Thinking About It First

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.

When you have a client who begins to get upset and you feel that he or she may act out in session, what do you do?

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