Acknowledging Simone Biles’ Courage

I’ve always had very ambivalent feelings about the Olympics. On the one hand, they represented extraordinary determination, commitment, and courage. It was astonishing and moving to see what human beings...

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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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The Healing Power of “Letting Go”

Many people have grown up in a dysfunctional family or a specific culture that taught them to always put other people’s needs and feelings before their own. The end result is they neglect themselves physically and emotionally.

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10 Tips to Stop The Diet-Binge Cycle and Re-claim Your Body!

Despite what all those weight loss ads tell you, being able to fit into a size zero bikini should not be your greatest life accomplishment.  Nor will it help you achieve true happiness, inner peace, self-confidence or self-worth.

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15 Ways to “Power Down” for the Summer

As we continue to navigate social distancing and attempt to keep track of what the latest “phase” allows us to do, whatever else your plans include, my hope is that you use a good part of your summer to “power down.” 

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An Important Metaphor for Therapy

As I walked my dog in the neighborhood, I was struck by the rebirth of foliage that was either starting to reveal its budding flowers or was already showing off its brilliant yellow and pink blossoms.

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Posturing for Therapeutic Success

Noticing the way clients hold their bodies in therapy can give us important information about their deeper feelings, needs and self-worth.

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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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The Dynamics Behind High Sensation-Seeking People

They dive off of bridges, zoom on motorcycles, and bungee jump. If you didn’t know better, you might think they have a death wish or they have a variety of bipolar disorder.

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The Challenges of the Holiday Season

It’s important to keep in mind this can be a time of great ambivalence for many people. There is a universal expectation that everyone can be or will want to...

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