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The Secret to Helping Agitated Couples Reel in Emotional Arousal

How Oxytocin Stimulates Trust and Connection, and Helps Relationships Heal

Linda Graham • 11/19/2015

When clients are emotionally worked up, caught in fight-flight-freeze mode, all their hard-earned skills in empathic listening and responsible (and responsive) speaking go out the window. Nothing therapeutic is going to happen until they feel calm enough and safe enough to reengage with each other. But by teaching behavior that helps clients' brains release oxytocin, a naturally occurring hormone which stimulates feelings of bonding and trust, and reduces fear and anxiety, we can create potent catalysts of psycho-physiological change.

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A Warm Bath for the Brain: Understanding oxytocin's role in therapeutic change

Linda Graham • 11/1/2009

How to get through to clients caught in fight-flight-freeze mode.

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8/5/2019
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DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
 
KATE COHEN-POSEY, M.S., LMHC, LMFT
 
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
 
CATHERINE PITTMAN, PH.D., HSPP
 
HOWARD SCHUBINER, MD
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Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth
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3/23/2018
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LINDA GRAHAM, MFT
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Applying the Neuroscience of Well-Being
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3/22/2018
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LINDA GRAHAM, MFT
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Applying the Power of Neuroscience to Heal Trauma, Attachment, Shame and More
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5/24/2017
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RICK HANSON, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
LINDA GRAHAM, MFT
 
BRUCE ECKER, MA, LMFT
 
NOEL LARSON, PH.D., MSW
 
SARA BRIDGES, PHD
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Strategies for Rewiring the Brain
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3/24/2017
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LINDA GRAHAM, MFT
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Applying the Neuroscience of Well-Being to Help Clients
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3/23/2017
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LINDA GRAHAM, MFT
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Rewire the Brain for Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth
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3/10/2017
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Linda Graham on Developing Resiliency

How can therapists help clients train their resiliency "muscles"?

Linda Graham • 10/14/2020

In the past, resilience was thought of as an immutable trait: something we're born with that predetermines how well we can tolerate stress. In reality, Linda Graham explains, “resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity.” It's something that can be developed with training, like a muscle.

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How to Help Clients with Overwhelming Emotions

Retaking Control of the Ship in the Storm

Linda Graham • 7/8/2020

Helping hyperaroused clients learn to manage overwhelming emotions is like helping them steer a ship in stormy waters, says therapist and mindfulness practitioner Linda Graham. Here, she breaks down her "ABCs" approach to helping clients retake the wheel.

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Nurturing Resilience Now

Even On Screens

Linda Graham • 6/16/2020

Given the confluence of challenges we’re collectively facing these days, developing resilience has become more crucial than ever. We now need to ask, how can we not just bounce back, but bounce forward, to new possibilities, new perspectives, and new strengths?

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The Secret to Helping Agitated Couples Reel in Emotional Arousal

How Oxytocin Stimulates Trust and Connection, and Helps Relationships Heal

Linda Graham • 11/19/2015

When clients are emotionally worked up, caught in fight-flight-freeze mode, all their hard-earned skills in empathic listening and responsible (and responsive) speaking go out the window. Nothing therapeutic is going to happen until they feel calm enough and safe enough to reengage with each other. But by teaching behavior that helps clients' brains release oxytocin, a naturally occurring hormone which stimulates feelings of bonding and trust, and reduces fear and anxiety, we can create potent catalysts of psycho-physiological change.

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In Consultation

A Warm Bath for the Brain: Understanding oxytocin's role in therapeutic change

Linda Graham • 11/1/2009

How to get through to clients caught in fight-flight-freeze mode.

Magazine Article
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Linda Graham, MFT, is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, bestselling author and international speaker. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her worldwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 Better Books for a Better World award. She publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness and weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience. For more information visit www.lindagraham-mft.net.