How to Become Who You Want to Be – with Tara Brach, PhD

“I’m not as good as I should be.” It’s a common refrain from many of our patients. Helping them trade self-judgment for self-compassion is an essential first step in creating real change. Watch below as Tara Brach, PhD, talks about what needs to be in place before we can become truly free and open to changing ourselves. Breaking out of a long-held cycle of self-judgment can be difficult – but it isn’t impossible. In our free report, Tara Brach outlines 4 steps that can help us begin to turn judgment into compassion – click here to request your copy. How…

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Thank You, You Saved My Life

What’s the most encouraging feedback you’ve ever received from a client you’ve worked with? My friend, Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT, remembers the day he received a powerful thank you message from someone he’d never even met. Bill is a psychotherapist, a dynamic, inspirational professional speaker (you might remember him from the Hilton Head conference,) and prolific author (over 30 books so far). He often joins me as a guest expert in our programs at NICABM, and his passion is to motivate people and organizations to determine what they are meant to be doing, and then to remove the barriers to succeeding…

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Uncovering Happiness: The Natural Anti-Depressant Effects of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

When depression takes hold, it can become an insidious loop from which patients struggle to break free. But what if we could help them create an “anti-depressant brain”? Below, you’ll find out one way to help clients initiate brain change to alleviate depression, courtesy of my friend Elisha Goldstein, PhD. Elisha is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, Co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in LA, and author of the new book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Depression is the brain’s ultimate avoidance strategy. For over 350 million people worldwide, it saps the ability to engage…

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If you are an expert . . .

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the best place to start because it seems many people don’t believe the word expert applies to them. But hear me out, because I think that’s a significant problem. I come across far too many gifted practitioners, people with important ideas – ideas that could change people’s lives – yet they just don’t feel like experts. At the same time, all too often I’ve seen people who have simply read a book, or gone to a workshop, (people who know far less than you do) and voila! Suddenly they’re an instant expert. I’ll bet you’ve…

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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). For many of the kids attending public schools, especially in the inner cities, it’s largely become a way of life. But mindfulness could change that. No, it can’t cure poverty, but it can transform the brain, and it can help with self-regulation. So what if…

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Giving as We’ve Received . . .

Beginning at a young age, I was taught to give as I had received . . . . . . so when I began NICABM, I made it a cornerstone of our organization that we would give back to those who are in need. I always like to take some time at the end of the year to reflect on what we’ve accomplished professionally. At the same time, it’s important for me to hold myself accountable for that promise I made to make a difference while also making a profit. This past year, it’s been so rewarding to be able…

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