The Holidays and Self-Destructive Behavior

The holiday season often sparks a time of tremendous vulnerability in clients — when they start to engage in self-destructive behavior. Understand why the holidays may drive people to self-harm, and what you can do to help your client get through this time of year in manageable and healthy ways.

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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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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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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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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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Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors

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.

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The Power of De-Pathologizing Clients’ Struggles

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...

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Increasing Self-Compassion

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.

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It Makes Sense Given Where You’ve Come From

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.

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Working With Clients’ Dissociation

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.

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