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5 Ways to Help Children with Coronavirus Anxiety

Are the children in your life noticing your increasing tension?

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

While we can’t eliminate the transmission of our own anxiety to the children in our lives, we can mitigate the impact in some significant ways. Here’s how.

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A Single Goal: How the Aim of Yoga and Mental Health Counselors are One and the Same

Discover how the ancient practice of yoga fits in perfectly with trauma treatment

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD provides a short summary of yoga philosophy and reveals why it’s a fantastic complementary therapy for trauma survivors.

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How to Talk About Feelings with Kids

Watch the Balloon Metaphor Demonstration

Jennifer Lefebre, PSY.D., RPT-S

We keep holding onto the feelings and eventually we're going to pop. Instead, let's let it out little by little.

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Get your clients UNSTUCK

Free DBT Opposite to Emotion Worksheet

Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC

Lane Pederson – Opposite to Emotion, often referred to in DBT by O2E (oh-2-ee), recognizes that emotions pull us into “mood congruent” behaviors that get us stuck. When mood congruent behaviors strike, O2E is the heavy-hitting answer clients go to… help your clients get UNSTUCK from prolonged and overly intense emotional states with this approach.

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How Loss at the Time of Menopause Can Masquerade as Depression

Distinguishing between “depressing” life changes and depression

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Natural life changes such as menopause can make our clients feel depressed. But it is NOT the same as clinical depression. Here's how to tell the difference.

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Letting Go Of Body Shame in a Weight-Focused World

Foster conversations to combat weight stigma

Judith Matz, LCSW

Each of us has an obligation to address our biases so that we no longer contribute, even inadvertently, to the fat shaming our clients may feel as the result of our own attitudes.

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How Trauma Creates Narrow “Windows of Tolerance” in Survivors

Why trauma survivors react dramatically to stimulus, and how you can help them handle stress in healthy ways

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Trauma survivors can struggle to self-regulate and control their responses to everyday stressors and the unexpected. In this short video, Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200 reveals why trauma survivors are more prone to extreme reactions to stress such as rage, binge drinking and self-harm.

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21 Daily Practices to Improve Your Relationship

Use the science of mindfulness and CBT to strengthen your bond.

Seth J. Gillihan, PhD

Nothing has a bigger influence on our well-being than the quality of our closest connections. In this blog, Seth Gillihan PhD, offers 21 ways to build stronger and closer relationships. Plus, he's giving away his FREE Worksheet: 10 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety Every Day.

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What Hookup Culture Means for the Future of Millennial Love

Alexandra Solomon on the Emotional Toll of Hypersexualized Dating

Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D.

Even though young adults seem to be craving some safety to balance their adventure, hookup culture continues to thrive, as much as many therapists would love to see young adults create something more fulfilling than ambiguous, drunken, unsatisfying sex. Whatever changes lie ahead in our cultural rituals for coming-of-age relationally, we’ll be seeing in our therapy practices the emotional legacy of hookup culture, in all its rawness and frantic incoherence, for many years to come.

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EMDR: Safety and Stabilization

When and with whom do we use EMDR?

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD

In addition to improved practice outcomes, effective integration of EMDR can lead to the long-term trauma resolution that your clients so desperately desire. But we need to stop and ask: when and with whom do we use EMDR?

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