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.
As a clinician and educator, it has long been my passion to promote the idea of a strengths-based approach to treating clients. Rather than focusing on what’s “wrong” with them and attempting to fit them into a neat diagnostic package, I am far more interested in what’s “right” about them. How did they survive? How...
Do you have clients that speak negatively about themselves? Learn about external resources that you can suggest to help your clients discover kinder ways to think about oneself and speak with self-compassion.
Why it makes sense that trauma survivors engage in destructive behaviors after they’ve experienced their trauma. And how depathalogizing and normalizing their behaviors can help.
Is dissociation an issue for some of your clients? Do they tend to zone out during sessions? Watch this video to discover why this might happen, and learn ways that you can help them to, instead, be grounded and present during therapy.
I recently had the privilege of providing a series of trainings to educators across Canada. My focus was to help teachers, school counselors, and administrators understand the impact that dysfunctional family dynamics and trauma can have on their students. I invited these enthusiastic and highly dedicated professionals to think about their most challenging or “difficult” students....