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A Nightmare No More

Repairing the Parent-Child Bond is a Two-Way Street

Dafna Lender • 10/8/2018 • No Comments

By Dafna Lender - When difficulties arise between parent and child, most therapists naturally focus treatment on the child. But the parent–child bond is a two-way street, and parents come with their own history. In these situations, I can often find ways to help parents and children connect through attachment-based games that involve elements of silliness, movement, and surprise.

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Three Ways Mindfulness Counters the Impact of Trauma

...And Why Our Current Definition of Trauma is Woefully Incomplete

Robert Scaer • 8/31/2018 • 2 Comments

By Robert Scaer - How often do we find ourselves ruminating about this or that familiar resentment or well-worn worry? It's as though some dark entity invades our mind and fills it to the brim. That entity, I believe, is the total body-mind experience of a past trauma. Healing, in essence, is the recovery of the present moment.

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VIDEO: Lynn Lyons on Bringing Parents into Therapy with Kids

Why Anxiety is a Family Problem

Lynn Lyons • 5/9/2018 • No Comments

When it comes to working with kids in therapy, it's easy to overlook how critical a role parents play in ensuring the success of treatment. But when so many parents are just as anxious as their children, and many have had negative experiences with therapy in the past, what's the best course of action? In the following interview, therapist Lynn Lyons explains the first thing you need to do when working with young clients and their parents.

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The Frequently Overlooked Reason Some Kids Misbehave

A New Treatment Offers Hope for the Undiagnosable

Karen Smith • 2/20/2018 • 3 Comments

By Karen Smith - The delicate interaction between the brain and body known as sensory integration allows us to live without being driven to distraction by the cacophony of sensory experience that bombards us every day. But for some children, sensory integrative dysfunction impairs the ability to judge accurately whether the sensation is important or trivial, and therefore, how to respond logically and efficiently.

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Why You Should Want Your Anxious Clients to Get Anxious on Purpose

Getting Rid of Panic Symptoms in as Little as Three Weeks

Reid Wilson • 2/13/2018 • No Comments

By Reid Wilson - My clinical experience indicates that clients who can be persuaded to provoke and endure their symptoms without resorting to relaxation exercises quickly become habituated to their fears. Here's the five-step treatment I've developed, based on the work of the top clinicians and researchers in the anxiety field.

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VIDEO: Charlotte Resnick on Helping Kids Find the Answers Inside

Here's a Fun Exercise That Gets Your Young Clients Participating

Charlotte Reznick • 1/31/2018 • 6 Comments

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a magic therapy wand to wave in front of our young clients and give them all the answers they need? What if this magic wand could conjure rainbow lizards and talking dogs to sit on our clients’ shoulders, bypass their defense systems, and whisper good, therapeutic advice in their ears? That’s exactly the kind of approach Charlotte Reznick uses with her young clients.

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The Power of Play

How to Use a Fast Road to Connection with Children

Dafna Lender • 10/12/2017 • No Comments

By Dafna Lender - If my experience is any indication, most beginning therapists are also offered little to no basic training in clinical work with kids. Why is this? The kinds of interventions that are most effective with children are based in play. Play is a remarkably powerful therapeutic tool, backed up by cutting-edge research, and teaching families how to apply it at home can bring about profound systemic changes.

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The Four Types of Depression and How to Overcome Them

Recalibrating Your Interventions for "Microtherapy"

Margaret Wehrenberg • 11/25/2016 • 6 Comments

By Margaret Wehrenberg - Rather than seeing depression as some kind of monolith, I've found it useful to see depressive symptoms as falling into four basic clusters. By immediately addressing the attitudes and distinctive vulnerabilities that lie at the core of each cluster, treatment can begin to bring about a shift in brain function that makes longer term work easier.

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Helping Children Master Anxiety with a Superhero's Gusto

An Exercise to Put Young Clients in the Therapeutic Driver's Seat

Lynn Lyons • 11/11/2016 • 2 Comments

By Lynn Lyons - Why are our children so anxious and getting more so? At first, the epidemic of childhood anxiety disorders seems puzzling. After all, we live in the age of “helicopter parents” and ubiquitous child professionals. But too often in our anxiety to stop the anxiety, we surround the child with an anxiety-reinforcing system fixated on protecting the child from any twinge of the dreaded disease. Imposing this array of deeply caring adults not only rewards the anxiety, but encourages it to consume ever more of the child’s life.

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The Unlikely Case for Exposure Therapy

Calling Up Qualities of Strength and Resilience in Anxious Clients

Reid Wilson • 8/10/2016 • No Comments

By Reid Wilson - The only way for anxious clients to incorporate corrective information was for them to access the intense arousal associated with that specific fear and then linger in that state long enough, without blocking or muting their thoughts or feelings, to learn at a primal level that they’re safe. This summons qualities of strength and resilience in clients that therapists often miss.

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