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…

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How Mindfulness Can Help Your Clients Manage Anxiety: A Short Practice for “Befriending” Fear

Some degree of fear and anxiety is inevitable in life. But for some people, these emotions can become truly debilitating, keeping them trapped in cycles that can lead to depression and even chronic pain. So how can we help patients better manage fear and anxiety when they come up? Below, you’ll find a simple exercise…

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The Power of Mindfulness in Schools

Despite our best intentions, the holidays can be demanding . . . . . . so it’s probably not surprising that levels of anxiety, stress, and depression tend to ramp up around this time of year. Now imagine living at a high level of stress year round (and trying to learn at the same time)….

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Treating Trauma in Children

Trauma’s victims are often among the most vulnerable in society . . . . . . especially when they include children. When trauma occurs at a young age, children can face biological effects that change the way their brains are developing. This includes parts of the brain that are critical for processing emotions like trust,…

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One Way to Lessen the Stress of Holiday Travel

Ever feel a twinge in your stomach on the way to the airport? Many people are nervous travelers to begin with, and when you add things like leaving behind something important or running late for a flight, it can be a recipe for extra stress (perhaps especially around the holidays). But here’s something that’s quick…

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Using Mindfulness to Confront Fear

Fear can sometimes limit us . . . . . . and often, one of the last things we want to do is confront what scares us the most. For Kelly McGonigal, PhD it felt like avoiding her biggest fear was only helping to reinforce it. But when she started using mindfulness practice just a…

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