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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
Here is how you can offer your client a reparative experience in the way that you respond to their painful disclosures of trauma.
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...
Las Vegas. Another unspeakable, senseless tragedy. It’s impossible for us to wrap our minds around this kind of heinous act. When we’re faced with the tragic massacre of innocent lives, not only do we experience acute shock, outrage, and grief, our sense of the world being a fundamentally unsafe place gets rekindled and reinforced. It’s...
Lisa discusses her workbook “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors,” and how mental health clinicians can use it to offer clients ways to communicate the pain they experience, and short circuit the overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Learn about methods that you can use to help clients genuinely feel self-soothed and comforted.