Why So Serious? How Playfulness Brings Breakthroughs in Trauma Therapy

It’s my great pleasure to share TJ Matton’s creative and important work with all of you. TJ is a social worker and psychotherapist, and passionate about the transformative power of...

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Art Therapy as an Integrative Approach to Trauma Recovery

Discover how Peggy Kolodny's unique journey led to a groundbreaking approach blending creative interventions with trauma theories in art therapy.

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Using CARESS to Work with Self-Destructive Behaviors

Many adolescent and adult clients with histories of trauma, abuse, neglect and other pain narratives are vulnerable to using self-destructive behaviors to self-soothe or dissociate from unresolved pain. By incorporating CARESS into the therapeutic process, you can give clients meaningful things to do when they get the impulse to self-harm.

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When Words Fail – Using Words

Ever experienced a roadblock in therapy with a client when asking important questions? Drawing can be incredibly valuable tool to help clients express and articulate what they’re feeling. Get to...

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The Power of Mandalas

Learn why this expressive modality can have such a profound impact on affect regulation, while helping to keep clients in the optimum window of arousal.

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Exploring the Healing Gifts of Nature’s Garden

There is a strong body of research confirming that direct contact with nature increases mental health and psychological and spiritual development. 

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Unconditional Positive Regard & Pets for Clients With Trauma

Pets can bring an amazing reparative experience to clients who've endured trauma.

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The Value of Expressive Therapies

Understand the value of incorporating expressive modalities into your work with clients, allowing them to access their traumatic experiences in a safe therapeutic environment.

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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...

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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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