How to Reframe a Client’s Relationship with an Inner Critic

A toxic inner critic can often trap our clients in painful patterns of shame, or sometimes leave them frozen in fear. But according to Rick Hanson, PhD, the inner critic can also serve an important function. So how can we help clients counteract a harsh inner critic in order to experience healing and growth? In…

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How Anger Affects the Brain and Body [Infographic – Part 3]

Anger is an important and sometimes necessary emotion. But for some clients, anger can quickly escalate and become destructive once it’s been triggered. Uncontrollable anger can often create problems in relationships both at home and in the workplace. But beyond that, it can have devastating physical consequences. So just how and where does anger impact…

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How Anger Affects the Brain and Body [Infographic – Part 2]

At the first spark of anger, good judgment often goes out the window. Many clients say and do things they later regret. They might even lose track of what they actually wanted to say during an argument. So why is that? Well, it has to do with cortisol – and having too much of it…

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How Anger Affects the Brain and Body [Infographic – Part 1]

Anger can be a challenging emotion for clients to work through. Sometimes anger can be frightening for clients. Or, maybe they consider it inappropriate to even feel this emotion at all. Not only that, but when anger is misdirected, it can lead to poor choices, damaged relationships, and even violence. So what’s really going on…

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Tools to Help Clients Calm Their Anxiety

Clients often experience anxiety as their body responds to danger – whether real or imagined. And for some of our clients, when anxiety revs up, slowing it back down can take on a sense of emergency. So what exactly is it that often keeps people from soothing anxiety once it begins to take hold? According…

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Working with Traumatic Memory That’s Held in the Body

When it comes to the treatment of trauma, our work often centers on our clients’ feelings and sensations . . . . . . and sometimes, those sensations can present as physical pain. In the video below, Peter Levine, PhD shares a powerful story of how he helped a man trace the source of his…

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