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Teflon for Cravings

Donald Altman, MA, LPC

Cravings and urges are like powerful gusts of wind that can appear quickly and powerfully. If you're not ready, these gusts can spin you out of control and sap your ability to stay on course, not to mention diminish your clarity and resilience. To better manage unexpected (or familiar) cravings, do this...


Behavioral Stress Tolerance Plan: A worksheet for therapists and clients

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.

An excellent way to manage both your stress and your client’s is to incorporate a Behavioral Stress Tolerance Plan. Get the worksheet and find out how it's different from most emotional management plans.


Married to the military: 6 tips to support the military couples we work with

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

If we want to help our clients (enlisted, Guard and Reserve, vets) we should arm ourselves with some skills and resources. Here are six tips to utilize when working with these clients...


Living the Unlived Life

Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Tara Brach is a clinical psychologist and one of the foremost American teachers of Buddhist practices, who's developed a distinctive approach to healing that bridges Western psychological knowledge and Eastern spiritual traditions.

In the following excerpt, Brach not only conveys the message of Buddhist acceptance and wisdom, but illuminates the differences between therapy and the spiritual path.


ASK ESTHER: Stable ambiguity and the rise of ghosting, icing and simmering

Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

“I’ve been dating a woman for three weeks, but after we had sex for the first time, she’s stopped texting me back. WTF?” – Edward, 36

Rejection has always been a part of the relationship landscape. But are the new trends of ghosting, icing and simmering increasing our acceptance of ambiguous ends?


How To: Getting Kids to Chip In Around the House

Susan P. Epstein, LCSW

When everyone in the family contributes to the chores, you teach a valuable lesson: The family is a team. Here are some tips and tricks to getting everyone involved with household chores.


Internal Family Systems: No part left behind

Frank G. Anderson, M.D.

Developed by Dick Schwartz in the 80’s, IFS started as a grassroots therapy model and is quickly becoming a sought after treatment. We sat down with Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D., and director of the Center for Self Leadership, to get the scoop on what makes this emerging therapy the hot new kid on the block.


How to Transform Self-Punishment into Self-Compassion

Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., MFT

As a psychotherapist, it's your job to give your clients the guidance they need to make healthy decisions that will bring them contentment. This New Year, introduce self-compassion as a more worthy resolution than one that could lead to self-punishment.


Breathing the Rainbow: A guided meditation

Nancy Williams Cyr, MSc, CCC-SLP, E-RYT-500

When the energetic body isn't balanced, we can experience a sense of irritation, anxiety or lack of balance. When you start to feel anxious or irritated, taking a few minutes to realign your chakras can help calm the body. Here's a guided meditation you can practice...


Palm the Present Moment: A practical mindfulness tool

Donald Altman, MA, LPC

One of the advantages of the Palm the Present Moment practice is that it's portable and easy to use. It offers a multi-purpose means of centering to counter anxiety—especially when transitioning from one physical location or situation to another.


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