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How to Know When Your Client Is Ready to Start EMDR Processing

13-step checklist to assess whether your client is stable enough to begin EMDR processing.

Rotem Brayer, MEd, LPC

EMDR expert Rotem Brayer shares a 13-step checklist you can use to assess your client's stability and determine if they're ready to start processing.


When Positive Affirmations Become Weapons

Helping clients to challenge negative self-talk with their own values

Sunita Osborn, PsyD, MA

Positive affirmations are a popular tool for battling negative self-talk, but they can be weaponized and misused. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) emphasizes acknowledging negative thoughts and focusing on taking action in line with one's values rather than trying to suppress negative thoughts with positive affirmations. By intentionally using positive affirmations, and not weaponizing them, clients can find relief from negative self-talk and pursue their values instead.


Ask the Expert: Q&A with Colleen West, LMFT

Interview with IFS Flip Chart author Colleen West, LMFT

Colleen West, LMFT, shares her most frequently asked questions for IFS therapy, insight into her IFS Flip Chart and more.


Why Self-Love Is Hard for Women

How to guide female clients past their “shoulds” and toward self-acceptance

Sunita Osborn, PsyD, MA

Self-love is a challenge to define and develop, particularly for women. Taking unique contexts into consideration, clinicians can help women identify "shoulds" and empower them to choose what self-love means to them.


What to Do When Clients Dissociate

Learn five effective techniques for orienting your client back to the present moment

Rotem Brayer, MEd, LPC

Taking advanced trainings and consultations in parts work can help take your therapy to the next level, but you can also use these strategies right now for clients who are dissociating.


9 Easy Practices to Boost Energy and Get Out of a Funk

Free Download from the Undepressed Deck

Brian Leaf, MA

If depression is weighing you down, this inspiring new card deck by seasoned author and mindfulness expert Brian Leaf can help lift you out of your rut.


Using Drawing Interventions in Play Therapy

Free worksheet download to help you and young clients increase mindfulness

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAS

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, shares the benefits of art-based therapy interventions for young clients and drawing interventions you can download for FREE to use in your next session.


IFS for Addictions: Creating a Context for Collaboration and Hope

Develop and enhance the therapeutic experience with these FREE worksheets

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Cece Sykes, LCSW, Martha Sweezy, PhD

The importance of a first session is that it leads to a second session, which is why creating a safe, collaborative context is key. Use the free exercises provided here to help you empathize with the fear and reluctance clients often feel when working through addictive or problematic behaviors.


6 Resilience-Building & Inclusive Children’s Books for National Read Across America Day

Celebrate diverse experiences with these children's books


To celebrate National Read Across America Day on March 2, we’ve selected six of our favorite children’s books that teach kids resilience-building skills and celebrate diverse experiences.


The Superpower of Psychological Flexibility

Tips to defuse from unhelpful, narrow ways of thinking that limit what’s possible for you

Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC

Research shows that higher levels of psychological flexibility provide a wide range of benefits, including higher levels of mental health and lower stress levels. Dr. Aprilia West offers some insight and an exercise to improve psychological flexibility.


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