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    Mindfulness for Pain Management

    People have been using hypnotic techniques such as mindfulness for centuries to help ease physical pain, but recent research shows that meditation actually changes the way pain signals are communicated in the brain. So how exactly can we use mindfulness meditation to help our pain clients?

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    7 Steps to Treating a Nervous Breakdown

    The term ‘nervous breakdown’ isn’t a clinical one, but to me, it’s what happens when someone reaches a crisis point – when their capacity to cope with a situation is exhausted. So if we are called upon to help a client who seems to have ‘broken down’ in this way, how might we help ‘mend’ […]

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    How to Empower Your Clients

    Not speaking our mind, not being assertive or ‘real’ with people, has consequences when it comes to our sense of empowerment. When we are authentic we can better meet our real needs, and others’ too. So how might we help clients feel more authentic and therefore more empowered and happier?

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    How to Heal the Self-Sabotaging Client

    Early learning – or should I say mislearning – can create a habit of self-sabotage to the point where things actually ‘going right’ may seem like a scary foreign land. So what are some basic strategies we can use to help the self-sabotaging client and avoid this self-fulfilling prophecy?

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    What is a Healthy Personality?

    When we treat clients, we’re not seeking to change their personality. But we are seeking to help them adapt and modify troublesome personality traits. Personality can, and perhaps inevitably does, change through experience. But what exactly should we be aiming for?

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    How to Use Mirror Therapy With Your Clients

    To gain some objectivity on ourselves – without the distorting effects of chronic hubris, pride, conceit, and narcissism and without disabling low self-esteem or undue sensations of inferiority – allows us to live more fully, more authentically. So how can we help our clients to do this?

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    How Can We Help Those with Acute Guilt and Remorse?

    This discussion from one of our monthly Q&As is about the chronic contrition, regret, remorse, and guilt of a 12-year-old boy with an almost monastic sense of needing to confess his ‘sins’.

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    How to Help Clients Stop Taking Things Personally

    To take things personally when we’d be better off not to is to make things much harder for ourselves. So how can we help clients modify sensitivity and feel less threatened by perceived criticisms or slights?

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    How to Deal With Crazy Hypnosis Requests

    Couple ignorance about hypnosis with a desire for magical control over others and we have a recipe for crazy demands. So how can we deal with these kinds of demands?

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    Research Roundup 18

    Wisdom isn’t a mere compilation of facts, acquired then put aside, only to be brought out occasionally to impress others like some family heirloom. I think we become wiser when we are able to make sense of what we know, contextualize it, and see where it fits in the bigger picture.