Guilt vs. Shame

What are the differences between guilt and shame? And how could it help our clients to have a better understanding of those differences? We thought it could be useful for you to have a side-by-side comparison of these powerful emotions that you could share with your clients. Because understanding these differences could help our clients begin to dismantle their negative self-judgments. So we created this infographic. (Please feel free to make a copy to give to your clients.) Click the image to enlarge If you’d like to download a copy to share with your clients, just click here: PDF /…

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How to Help Clients Build Resilience after Trauma

How can we foster resilience in clients who have experienced trauma? A person’s response to trauma is often to lock away the parts that were wounded by their experience. But that can leave them feeling protective and fragile – and fearful about being triggered again. In the video below, Richard Schwartz, PhD shows how working with a client’s inner parts can strengthen their resilience. Take a look – it’s less than 5 minutes. This video was taken from the Next Level Practitioner training program where members receive a daily video like this from one of the top 25 experts in…

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Two Simple Techniques That Can Help Trauma Patients Feel Safe

One of trauma’s most insidious effects is how radically and completely it can take away someone’s sense of safety. That’s why it’s crucial to create a safe space when working with patients who have experienced trauma. But that’s only part of the equation. According to Peter Levine, PhD, there’s a very important follow-up step – it’s about resourcing patients with techniques they can use to help themselves feel safe – even when you aren’t there. Peter shows us one way to do it in this short video. Check it out – it’s about 6 1/2 minutes. What techniques have you…

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A Quick and Simple Way to Think about the Brain [Infographic]

Could having a map of the brain help you in your work with clients? For example, just being able to show your clients what part of the brain controls emotion, or the nervous system, could open the door to helping them learn how to regulate these areas. So we created an infographic based on the work of Paul D. MacLean, MD and Rick Hanson, PhD that you can share with your clients. (Please feel free to make a copy to give to them.) Click the image to enlarge If you’d like to download a copy to share with your clients,…

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How Does Trauma Affect a Person’s Interaction with Their Child?

Trauma can change the brain . . . . . . but the person who experienced the trauma may not be the only one whose brain changes. In the video below, Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD describes what we’re discovering about the connections between a parent’s trauma and their child’s developing brain. Take a look – it’s about 4 minutes. How have you seen trauma affect a person’s interaction with their child? Please leave a comment below. For information on how to help clients reclaim what’s been lost to trauma, please click here.


Skills for Helping Clients Get “Unstuck” During Times of Uncertainty

Times of uncertainty often become powerful opportunities for growth. And yet, fear of uncertainty can freeze people in their tracks – unable to make a decision or take a step. So when clients get stuck, how can we help them move forward? In the video below Joan Borysenko, PhD describes specific skills that can help people become “unstuck” during periods of transition. Take a look – it’s about 5 minutes. This video was taken from the Next Level Practitioner training program where members receive a daily video like this from one of the top 25 experts in our field. That…

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