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Helping Kids Take Charge of Their Brains

How to Make Brain Science Your Ally with Young Clients

Rich Simon

Perhaps you’re seeing a kid in therapy who’s overcome with anxiety or depression. You may have tried to engage him with games and casual conversation about the latest X-men movie. But what about talking to him about the latest neuroscience and the way his brain works? Would that do any good? According to interpersonal neurobiologist Dan Siegel, author of Brainstorm: The Power and the Purpose of the Teenage Brain, kids can actually find this information pretty cool when it’s articulated the right way.

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Reexamining How We Define Love

An Interview with Barbara Fredrickson

Ryan Howes

In the increasingly influential world of positive psychology, researchers have begun to wonder whether all the fascination with drama and intensity is obscuring a mundane truth about what really matters in human relationships: the importance of the little things in daily life.

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Managing Transference and Countertransference in Somatic Therapy

Does Body-Oriented Therapy Increase the Risk of Transference and Countertransference Responses?

Mary Sykes Wylie

Therapeutic skeptics still cite the possibility of stirring up intense transference and countertransference responses as a compelling reason not to use more body-oriented approaches. But therapists who work somatically maintain that transference and countertransference are no more a problem for highly trained and skilled body psychotherapists than for well-trained talk therapists.

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What Does a Client Really Want from Therapy?

Stephen Gilligan on the First Step Toward a Creative Breakthrough

Rich Simon

When a client comes in for their first session, the natural way to start is by asking them what they want to accomplish in therapy. But the way they answer isn't always helpful in moving the treatment forward.

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Understanding Somatic Experience: Working With the Body to Heal the Mind

How Can Therapists Overcome Fears About the Body with Clients Who Struggle to Heal from Painful Somatic Experiences?

Mary Sykes Wylie

It’s the very fact that both emotion and reasoning ability are held hostage by their body’s continuing physical reaction to trauma that makes healing so hard for trauma survivors, no matter how much cognitive “insight” they have into their suffering.

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What is Love?

Redefining the Most Powerful Emotion

Barbara Fredrickson

First and foremost, love is an emotion, a momentary state that arises to infuse your mind and body alike. Love, like all emotions, surfaces like a distinct and fast-moving weather pattern, a subtle and ever-shifting force.

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Helping Clients Improve Their Mood with Food

How to Incorporate Nutrition into Therapy

Leslie Korn

I don’t have a degree in nutrition, but I think many of my clients would benefit from incorporating some basic ideas about healthy eating into their self-care to help improve their moods. How can I help them do this?

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The Mindful Body: Communicating With the Body in Therapy

How a Transition to Mindful Body-Focused Therapy Enriched a Formerly Talk-Only Practice

Mary Sykes Wylie

It’s an article of faith among many somatically-oriented practitioners that the body knows more, knows it more directly, and expresses it more honestly than does the often muddled, deceitful, and fearful mind.

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Bringing the Mind-Body Connection to Dharamsala

Helping Teenage Tibetan Refugees Find a Path to Peace

James Gordon

Recently, I was invited to Dharamsala by the Men Tsee Khang Institute, a school of traditional Tibetan medicine sponsored by the Dalai Lama, to give a talk on the scientific basis of the mind-body connection and the techniques of self-care and mutual help that my colleagues and I at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine are using with war- and disaster-traumatized populations.

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Incorporating the Three-Step Somatic Process Into Your Practice

How to Easily Get Started With Mind-Body Techniques

Daniel Leven

I’m trained as a talk therapist but keep hearing about all these new somatic approaches being used today. What are some simple somatic tools I can integrate into my work?

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