The Body’s Adaptive Response to Trauma

The pain from trauma runs deep, and its impact lingers in both the brain and body. And so often, people who have experienced trauma are embarrassed by their body’s response to the event – the way it shut down on them when they needed protection most. But in the video below, Stephen Porges, PhD explains why that “shut down” may have been the most protective thing their body could have done. Take a look – it’s about 3 minutes. This video was taken from the Next Level Practitioner training program where members receive a daily video like this from one…

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How to Get to the Heart of Resistance

The moment a client begins to resist, progress often comes to a crashing halt. But with the right strategies and a little creativity, we can usually get people back on course. For instance, when Marsha Linehan, PhD encounters resistance, she often starts to chip away at it by asking one key question. In the video below, Marsha will share a few simple strategies that can keep clients moving forward. She’ll also share one key question that gets at the heart of resistance. Take a look – it’s just about 4 minutes. This video was taken from the Next Level Practitioner…

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Countering the Painful Impact of Cultural Messaging

In a perfect world, people wouldn’t be judged based on their abilities, gender, or ethnicity. But all too often, our clients come to us having taken in the harsh, critical messages they’ve received from family members or society. Shelly Harrell, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in multicultural and community psychology. And in her work at UCLA, she’s seen firsthand how cultural messages can affect people’s beliefs about themselves. In the video below, Shelly shares how she works with clients to help them deconstruct negative views of their sense of worth. Take a look – it’s about 6 minutes….

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A Simple Mindfulness Practice to Restore Vitality

When clients lose their sense of aliveness and vitality, how can we help them reclaim it? According to Dr. Tara Brach, we can begin by helping them notice the tension in their bodies. In the video below, Tara shares a personal story of how this helped her reclaim her own sense of aliveness. She also shares a simple practice that you can try right away. Take a look – it’s about 6 ½ 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…

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Working with the Body to Release Anxiety

When anxiety strikes, it not only consumes the mind . . . . . . it can take hold in the body as well. And chronic anxiety can contribute to a wealth of physiological problems, including chronic pain, fatigue, and insomnia – just to name a few. Below, you’ll see how Pat Ogden, PhD worked with a teenaged girl to release anxiety that was stored in the body. Pat is a pioneer in Somatic Psychology, and founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Check it out – it’s less than 4 minutes. Anxiety can be so limiting for our…

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Why Uncertainty Is Not a Problem to Be Solved

At the risk of stating the obvious, uncertainty is one of the only “certains” in life. And often, it fuels the fire of anxiety, depression, and many of the other issues that are so common to the clients we see. But what if we had a different way to frame uncertainty, so that clients might not fear the unknown quite so much? In the video below, Kelly McGonigal, PhD puts a unique spin on how to work with uncertainty. Check it out: Now this is just a sample of the kind of conversations we have in our NEXT Level Practitioner…

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