Tag Archives: anxiety

Awakening Positive Emotional States

Research from brain science and positive psychology shows that awakening positive emotional states through experiential tools such as imagery, music, movement, and play is the fastest route to shift mood, decrease anxiety, and stimulate creative problem solving. But how do you help clients access resourceful states when they’re feeling hopeless and helpless? Discover how to […]

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Healing Traumatic Memories- Part 2

Recent brain research has revealed new clues to better guide us in the process of resolving traumatic memories. The key is lies in creating what is called a mismatch experience, or new meaning experience. As I discussed in the first part of this article (“Healing Traumatic Memories, Part 1”), the memory network has the capacity to […]

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Healing Traumatic Memories- Part 1

Can you really eliminate the fear and distress associated with a traumatic memory? Until recently, researchers weren’t sure, but significant discoveries are now improving the way therapists treat traumatic memories. For decades, prolonged exposure has been the gold standard for treating fears, trauma, and phobias. However, people often drop out of exposure treatment before it […]

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Turning Symptoms into Strengths

Do your client’s symptoms offer clues to their hidden strengths? Find out in this article Courtney wrote for the Psychotherapy Networker’s September/October 2016 issue. As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives, methodically investigating our clients’ symptoms in search of a culprit—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with our […]

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