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If you are a therapist or coach of any persuasion; counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, life coach, bodyworker, in fact anyone who works in the helping professions, you will glean valuable, actionable ideas, tips and techniques from Clear Thinking, my free therapy techniques newsletter.

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  • A Vital Therapy Principle

    A therapeutic technique is only as effective as the human emotional or psychological principles it rests upon. The principle that anchoring attaches to is pattern matching, which can be extremely powerful – so it makes sense to form a technique or in fact many techniques around this basic principle of human experience.

  • Research Roundup 11

    This new study! That new study! We feel we’re getting closer to understanding human nature. But the wider context of what it means to be human can be missed unless we can be discerning and start to see more broadly.

  • 5 Therapeutic Strategies for Treating Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia has traditionally been seen as hard to treat. But there is hope. Of those who survive anorexia, 50% recover, 30% improve, and only 20% remain chronically ill. So people do recover from anorexia, or at least learn to live with it as it loosens its grip on them. And with better treatment options than ever before, there’s no reason we can’t help more people recover.

  • How to Treat Child Separation Anxiety

    Fear of separation – of being left alone and apart from someone significant (often a parent) – is a normal developmental stage many of us go through. But when the anxiety is severe, or if it doesn’t start to fade naturally past the age of four or five, help may be needed.

  • The Dangers of Comfort and Ease

    Just as excessive physical ease and comfort can erode bone density, weaken the heart, and soften the muscles, so too a deficiency of psychological challenges can weaken resilience and reduce opportunities for growth and self-knowledge.

  • 5 Golden Guidelines for Doing Therapy with Children

    When working with children, we need to get to see the problem from the child’s perspective and communicate with them on their level. Here are five guidelines to help you work more effectively with children.

  • The Cost of Freedom

    Have people in Western, industrialized countries forgotten how to be grateful? Being grateful, savouring, and noticing seem to make us not only happier but healthier. There is an ‘at least’ for every ‘but’.

  • How to Deal with an Overanalytical Client

    Analytical thinking has us narrowing our focus onto logistics, procedures, and linear sequences. But do this too much and contextual understanding and flexibility can be martyred to methodical thought. This Q&A session looks at how to help a man crippled by his paralysis through analysis.

  • How to Use Stimulus Control Therapy for Insomnia

    There is often a conditioned response or habitual element to sleeplessness. Associations are powerful, and so is expectation. So how can we start to diminish the arousal our insomniac clients might experience when going to and being in bed?

  • 6 Steps to Treat Bulimia

    Bulimia is a physical health issue as well as a mental health one. So what are some of the must-dos when treating bulimia?