A “Secret Kindness” Intervention for Working with Depression

Depression can rob our clients of the full, thriving lives we all hope for. And so often, a depressed client will avoid the very people, places, and activities that once gave them pleasure. In the video below, Steven Hayes, PhD describes a woman who suffered from both depression and anxiety. She started avoiding the business that she owned . . . . . . until he gave her a simple, unique, almost playful assignment. Take a look – it’s about 5 minutes. What ideas are you going to use with your patients? Please leave a comment below.

Why Mind-Wandering Can Be a Detriment to Happiness (and One Way to Refocus)

When a person’s thoughts start to stray, they can tend to go in one of two directions. Sometimes people find themselves dreaming of an upcoming vacation or looking forward to a get-together with friends . . . . . . or, maybe they’re distracted by worries about approaching deadlines or unpaid bills. Even though the former scenario seems preferable to the latter, both instances of mind-wandering could be detrimental to happiness. Why? Dan Siegel, MD reveals his answer in the video below, and shares one way to refocus. How have you used mindfulness practices in your work with clients? Please…

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How Anger Affects the Brain and Body [Infographic]

Anger can be one of the most challenging emotions that we work with. Clients are sometimes afraid of their anger. Or, maybe they consider it inappropriate to even feel this way at all. Not only that, when anger is misdirected, it often leads to poor choices, damaged relationships, and even violence. But anger can actually be an asset to our clients . . . as long as it’s channeled properly. So how can we help clients express their anger more effectively? It begins by helping them understand how anger is triggered, and what happens in the body and brain –…

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A Practical Skill for Defusing Anger

Anger is a normal (and often necessary) emotion. But when tempers flare and rage ensues, our clients’ relationships suffer, their stress levels skyrocket, and reactivity simply takes over. So how can people shift out of anger once the fuse is lit? In the video below, Marsha Linehan, PhD will share a practical skill to help clients defuse anger before it escalates beyond control. Take a look – it’s about 2 ½ minutes. Marsha’s strategy is practical, it’s simple, and it’s something clients can use right away, in almost any situation where anger threatens to boil over. Now we’d like to…

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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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