A Creative Technique to Help Clients Face Fear

Fear is our body’s natural way of protecting us from a potential threat. But when fear gets in the driver’s seat, it can keep us from the people and activities we value most. So how can we help our clients take back control from their fears? In the video below, Lynn Lyons, LICSW explains a…

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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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When Depression Doesn’t Look Like Depression

Fatigue. Feelings of worthlessness. Loss of interest. We recognize these as classic signs of depression. But according to Terry Real, MSW, LICSW, these symptoms aren’t always the way men experience depression. So how do we help clients when their depression doesn’t necessarily look like depression? In this short video, Terry shares a two-pronged approach to…

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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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Why Practitioners Need to Talk About Mistakes

As practitioners, there’s one thing we don’t talk about nearly enough – mistakes. Because let’s face it, we all want to avoid mistakes. But we’re human. And just like everyone else, we make them. In order to grow as practitioners (and avoid future mistakes), it’s vital that we have frank conversations about our experiences –…

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Working with Clients Who Feel “Never Good Enough”

People constantly compare themselves against messages they receive from friends, family, media, and our culture. And those messages often contribute to feelings of “never good enough”: Not attractive enough. Not intelligent enough. Not thin enough. Not successful enough. For many of our clients, they’ve encountered these types of messages from a very young age, and…

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