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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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…

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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…

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