Research tells us that we’re hardwired to connect: we learn, develop, and respond emotionally in relationship to others. Yet while a high percentage of individuals in therapy have big issues with their partners, most therapists still work with the individual. Is this because our clients are reluctant to enter therapy with their partners or because we hesitate
Yes, it’s time to measure client progress---and doing so will benefit both your clients and your practice. Clients whose mental health functioning is improving are far likelier to stay the course and benefit from therapy. Those who are experiencing worsening are likely to leave treatment worse off. How can you effectively monitor mental health vital signs?
Each of us possesses an implicit self, expressed and known to ourselves and others through nonverbal, sensory and motor means, including our stance, posture, gestures, and facial expressions. This workshop will explore the rich somatic component that drives human behavior and show you how to tap into this implicit self in your clinical practice.
We know someone has presence when we see it. But what is it, really, and how do you coach someone to develop it? This workshop will provide you with an experience of presence both as a resourceful inner state and an extension of that inner state to others that invites them to feel freer, more comfortable, and more alive in our company. In this workshop, we’ll focus
Even the most experienced therapist can feel overwhelmed by couples struggling with infidelity. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help couples transcend the trauma of infidelity and feel less hopeless, crazy, self-righteous, and alone. We’ll discuss a radical model for managing secrets and helping partners decide how much information about the affair to disclose.
The term “blended family” leaves many unprepared for the profound challenges to attachment and intimacy that stepfamily structure often creates. Just when the adult stepcouple is expecting to lean into their newfound closeness and stepchildren most need secure connection to manage a major transition, the often underestimated
When same-sex partners enter couples therapy, attachment issues often take center stage. The reasons become clear as clients reveal stories of being ostracized or kicked out of their families because of their sexual orientation. In addition, they have often absorbed and internalized the homophobia of their surroundings, leading to an ongoing angry,
Crying is a universal phenomenon, but the circumstances and emotions that elicit tears are so complex and varied that when clients cry in session, therapists can have as much difficulty understanding the cause as knowing how to respond. Fortunately, research on the physiology and psychobiology of tears is providing new insights to help pinpoint
It can be frightening when clients suffering from dissociative identity disorder begin to act out, attacking from their angriest, most self-destructive alter egos (generally referred to, in clinical shorthand, as alters). This workshop will identify the pitfalls of working with self-destructive alters and demonstrate safe, effective strategies for establishing
Partners who are completely at odds about whether their marriage is even worth salvaging challenge the basic premise of marital therapy: that both clients have at least a minimal stake in preserving their union. Most therapists are unprepared to treat a couple in which one partner is a real “customer” and the other is a spoiler. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how