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Stop Treating Eating Disorders Like Just Bad Habits

How to Empower Clients to Heal with Parts Work

Lisa Ferentz • 7/20/2018

By Lisa Ferentz - It's unproductive to deal with an eating disorder as though it were simply a bad habit. Therapy has the greatest impact when I step away from the temptation to get into a power struggle and empower clients to do a large part of the healing work themselves.

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Bringing Transformative Life Lessons into Therapy
Copyright:
3/23/2018
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RNV095934
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$129.99 USD     $64.99 USD
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My Greatest Clinical Learning Experience

Finding the "Genuine Hero" in Even Your Most Troubled Clients

Lisa Ferentz • 3/8/2018

By Lisa Ferentz - In the early days of the trauma field, clients were seen as one-dimensional bundles of dysfunction and pain, who needed to relive their trauma before progress could be made. But an increased interest in post-traumatic growth has allowed many therapists to see that insight and healing can occur not only in the midst of devastating experiences, but even because of them.

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How Infant Attachment Security Affects Adult Relationships
Copyright:
1/17/2018
Authors:
LINDA CURRAN, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
LOUIS COZOLINO, PH.D.
 
LANCE DODES, M.D.
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
GABOR MATÉ, MD
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Treating Self-Harm

Here's a Behavioral Contract That Clients Can Stick To

Lisa Ferentz • 10/13/2017

By Lisa Ferentz - I used to think that repetitive self-injury could only be seen as pathological, and through contracts and other means tried to convince my clients that this behavior would only cause more problems. Now, I know that my job isn't to browbeat clients into change, but introduce them to healthier behaviors that bring the relief cutting often provides. Here's a little bit about the behavioral contract I use.

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VIDEO: Lisa Ferentz on Planting the Seeds for Post-Traumatic Growth

Removing the Glass Ceiling for Trauma Survivors

Lisa Ferentz • 8/2/2017

It’s not always easy to tell trauma survivors in the midst of deep suffering that one day they’ll find meaning in what happened to them. But according to trauma specialist Lisa Ferentz, trauma survivors can emerge from their nightmarish experiences stronger than before, and there's a sensitive, measured way to go about planting the seeds for post-traumatic growth.

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Advanced approaches for deep healing and post-traumatic growth
Copyright:
7/30/2017
Authors:
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
Product:
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$659.97 USD     $299.99

Thinking Outside the Gift

A Story of Navigating a Tricky Ethical Issue Creatively

Lisa Ferentz • 6/26/2017

By Lisa Ferentz - Sometimes, clients give us the gifts they want for themselves but don’t feel worthy of receiving. And sometimes, by helping them see the attributes in themselves that they admire in us, we can help them reconnect with those qualities.

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When All Else Fails

Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility

Dan Siegel, Ken Hardy, Lisa Ferentz, Lynn Lyons, Marian Sandmaier, Michele Weiner-Davis • 5/8/2017

The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that.
  • I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
  • Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
  • The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
  • First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel

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Bringing Life Lessons of Empowerment and Healing into Therapy
Copyright:
4/14/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RNV053085
Type:
$39.99 USD     $19.99 USD
includes free shipping
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Bringing Transformative Life Lessons into Therapy
Copyright:
3/23/2018
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RNV095934
Type:
$129.99 USD     $64.99 USD
includes free shipping
How Infant Attachment Security Affects Adult Relationships
Copyright:
1/17/2018
Authors:
LINDA CURRAN, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
LOUIS COZOLINO, PH.D.
 
LANCE DODES, M.D.
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
GABOR MATÉ, MD
Product:
RNV053885
Type:
$149.99 USD     $74.99 USD
includes free shipping
Advanced approaches for deep healing and post-traumatic growth
Copyright:
7/30/2017
Authors:
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
Product:
NRS001203
Type:
$659.97 USD     $299.99
Bringing Life Lessons of Empowerment and Healing into Therapy
Copyright:
4/14/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RNV053085
Type:
$39.99 USD     $19.99 USD
includes free shipping
Copyright:
3/24/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RNV052780
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$169.99 USD     $84.99 USD
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From Devastation to Hope
Copyright:
3/23/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RNV052740
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$199.99 USD     $99.99 USD
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Copyright:
1/23/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
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$56.94 USD     $49.99
Copyright:
1/23/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
KIT052490
Type:
$56.94 USD     $49.99
Copyright:
1/23/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
RVKIT052485
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$216.98 USD     $204.99
Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist's Couch
Copyright:
1/1/2017
Author:
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
Product:
PUB084805
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Stop Treating Eating Disorders Like Just Bad Habits

How to Empower Clients to Heal with Parts Work

Lisa Ferentz • 7/20/2018

By Lisa Ferentz - It's unproductive to deal with an eating disorder as though it were simply a bad habit. Therapy has the greatest impact when I step away from the temptation to get into a power struggle and empower clients to do a large part of the healing work themselves.

Daily Blog

My Greatest Clinical Learning Experience

Finding the "Genuine Hero" in Even Your Most Troubled Clients

Lisa Ferentz • 3/8/2018

By Lisa Ferentz - In the early days of the trauma field, clients were seen as one-dimensional bundles of dysfunction and pain, who needed to relive their trauma before progress could be made. But an increased interest in post-traumatic growth has allowed many therapists to see that insight and healing can occur not only in the midst of devastating experiences, but even because of them.

Daily Blog

Treating Self-Harm

Here's a Behavioral Contract That Clients Can Stick To

Lisa Ferentz • 10/13/2017

By Lisa Ferentz - I used to think that repetitive self-injury could only be seen as pathological, and through contracts and other means tried to convince my clients that this behavior would only cause more problems. Now, I know that my job isn't to browbeat clients into change, but introduce them to healthier behaviors that bring the relief cutting often provides. Here's a little bit about the behavioral contract I use.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Lisa Ferentz on Planting the Seeds for Post-Traumatic Growth

Removing the Glass Ceiling for Trauma Survivors

Lisa Ferentz • 8/2/2017

It’s not always easy to tell trauma survivors in the midst of deep suffering that one day they’ll find meaning in what happened to them. But according to trauma specialist Lisa Ferentz, trauma survivors can emerge from their nightmarish experiences stronger than before, and there's a sensitive, measured way to go about planting the seeds for post-traumatic growth.

Daily Blog

Thinking Outside the Gift

A Story of Navigating a Tricky Ethical Issue Creatively

Lisa Ferentz • 6/26/2017

By Lisa Ferentz - Sometimes, clients give us the gifts they want for themselves but don’t feel worthy of receiving. And sometimes, by helping them see the attributes in themselves that they admire in us, we can help them reconnect with those qualities.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Helping Trauma Survivors Find a New Normal

How to Help Clients Do More than Just Recover

Lisa Ferentz • 3/28/2016

There’s no question that helping clients return to a basic functional level should be the main goal with trauma survivors. But what if clients could not only eliminate traumatic stress, but also come away from treatment feeling more resilient and with a fuller sense of self? Lisa Ferentz explains her concept of Post-Traumatic Growth.

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When All Else Fails

Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility

Dan Siegel, Ken Hardy, Lisa Ferentz, Lynn Lyons, Marian Sandmaier, Michele Weiner-Davis • 5/8/2017

The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that.
  • I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
  • Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
  • The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
  • First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel

Magazine Article

Transcending Trauma

Learning How to Guide Devastated Clients Toward Growth

Lisa Ferentz • 8/30/2016

In the early days of the trauma field, clients were seen as one-dimensional bundles of dysfunction and pain, who needed to relive their trauma before progress could be made. But an increased interest in post-traumatic growth has allowed many therapists to see that insight and healing can occur not only in the midst of devastating experiences, but even because of them.

Magazine Article

It's Not About The Food

The Truth About Eating Disorders

Lisa Ferentz • 1/1/2011

The key to working effectively with eating disorders is understanding that starving, bingeing, and purging aren't simply bad habits. For treatment to work, it must get beyond the focus on negative behavior to grasp the emotional cycle of disordered eating.

Magazine Article

Treating the Self-Harming Client

Therapists Must First Get Past Their Own Anxiety

Lisa Ferentz • 9/23/2002

My refusal to accept Robin's self-cutting as anything but dysfunctional kept me from hearing what she was trying to tell me. Worse, it was actually causing more destructive behavior.

Magazine Article
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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 35 years. She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

She has been an adjunct faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Ferentz Institute,” now in its 11th year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 1,200 clinicians from her two certificate programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.

In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide, now in its second edition, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing,and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch. Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on self-harm and self-care, teaches on many webinars, and is a weekly contributor to Psychologytoday.com. You can follow Lisa’s work at www.theferentzinstitute.com, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.