Working With Client’s Dissociation

I’m often asked by clinicians how to best handle that challenging moment in therapy when a client suddenly “zones out” or “checks out.” 

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Internal vs. External Validation

Understand the difference between internal and external validation, and how to help clients find a balance between the two that will strengthen their self-worth.

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Helping Clients with Healing Mantras

As is often the case, the topic for this post is inspired by a client.  A wonderful woman, processing co-dependency said in the middle of her session, “Give me a mantra, so I can remember what we worked on today.”  That was actually easy, because all I had to do was reflect back to a...

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The Power of Expressive Modalities

Trauma therapists now understand that simply engaging traumatized clients in “talk therapy” all session, every session, will not help them achieve the level of processing and healing they want and deserve.

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Installing and Enhancing Gratitude

Here’s how you can install and enhance a sense of gratitude into the lives of your clients’, who have a history of trauma and pain.

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Sexual Predators in the News: Beyond the Casting Couch

We are currently experiencing a sea change in terms of the number of victims coming forward accusing successful, powerful, and narcissistic men of sexual harassment, assault, and sexually inappropriate behaviors.  These despicable practices are being employed by a diverse range of professionals: politicians, actors, movie producers, news anchors, and television executives. The common denominator is...

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The Risks of High Sensation-Seeking Personalities

We have had the great privilege of hearing Dr. Carter present at the Institute several times. His evaluations are beyond glowing! His intelligence, humor, vast clinical experience, and ability to share clinically rich and meaningful information with such warmth and accessibility make him that rare breed of teachers who know how to infuse learning with...

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4 Ways to Define Early Child-Caretaker Attachment Styles

I just had the privilege of giving the keynote address, “Trauma and Attachment” to a large group of clinicians at a conference in Kentucky. Although these were seasoned and extremely dedicated mental health workers, I was struck by the extent to which they appreciated the information about insecure, ambivalent, or disorganized attachment patterns and the...

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How to Respond to Disclosures of Trauma

Here is how you can offer your client a reparative experience in the way that you respond to their painful disclosures of trauma.

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The Message of Fall

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons; I always associate it with magnificent foliage.  As a therapist, it also occurs to me that as the bright green leaves of Spring and Summer turn to brilliant shades of magenta, orange, and lemon yellow and inevitably fall to the ground, Mother Nature offers us a valuable life...

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