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Asking Clients About Racial Stress and Trauma

How to Broach the Topic Appropriately

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, S. Kent Butler, Zachary Taylor

Talking to clients of color about race and experiences of racial trauma is critical. But many white clinicians struggle with how to open these discussions.

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Linda Graham on Developing Resiliency

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

Linda Graham

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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Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

The Key to Safety and Trauma-sensitive Care

Howard Honigsfeld

I work at a school for elementary- and middle-school kids in New York City. Counseling children and families affected by homelessness is a rapidly expanding segment of my work. Providing trauma-sensitive care for them has become a cornerstone of my approach, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t take fancy interventions to help displaced families feel better.

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Is Trauma Therapy Doing Enough for People of Color?

What is a therapist to do?

Mary Jo Barrett, Ra Frye

When it comes to addressing systemic racism and injustice, “therapy’s not enough,” says trauma expert Mary Jo Barrett. But that doesn’t mean therapists can’t be a part of the effort to create change.

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What Four Decades of Practice Has Taught Me

Janina Fisher’s Lessons for Every Beginning Therapist

Janina Fisher

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself as a beginning therapist, what would you say? Worry less? Train harder? Practice more self-care? Renowned trauma expert Janina Fisher shares the five things she wishes she’d known when she first began practicing.

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Confronting Inherited Trauma

My Journey into Family Constellations

Lauren Dockett

By Lauren Dockett - Many therapists know their way around family systems. But what if they could create three-dimensional experiences to help clients shed the pain of lingering traumas that can get passed down through generations? As research into the epigenetics of trauma develops, a reporter looks into an unusual approach to healing.

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Understanding Grief as an Antidote to Trauma

Gabor Maté on Making Sense of Troubling Times

Gabor Maté

These days, many of us are feeling increasingly anxious and upset. But how do we know whether we're experiencing trauma, or just grieving? And how can we support our clients during these difficult times? Gabor Maté offers an optimistic take.

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Helping Clients in Toxic Relationships

How to Unravel Trauma Bonds

Ryan Howes

It’s important to recognize that a trauma bond doesn’t have to play out as overt, obvious toxicity or abuse. So many people in relationships have learned to be loved in ways that are transactional—“If you do this for me, I’ll comfort you,” or “If you play this role, I’ll show you affection”—and it's now exhausting them. Therapist and researcher Laura Copley shares how to help clients interrupt these unhealthy, even dangerous, relational patterns.

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The Addict in All of Us

An Interview with Gabor Maté

Lauren Dockett, Rich Simon

By Lauren Dockett and Rich Simon - Over the years, physician Gabor Maté has challenged his audiences to stop asking “why the addiction?” and start asking “why the pain?” Here, he explains his view of how addictive patterns of behavior are rooted in alienation and emotional suffering.

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VIDEO: Creating a Safe Space to Talk about Racial Trauma

Self-Exploration, Soft Introductions, and Leaving a Door Open

Lambers Fisher, Deran Young, Amber Flynn

How can white clinicians create a safe space in therapy for clients of color to talk about racial trauma? And if clients don't bring it up, should the therapist? Four mental health professionals give their perspectives on how to open the conversation.

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