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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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    How to Help Clients Stop Comparing Themselves to Others

    It can be useful to inwardly compare yourself to others sometimes. But when social comparison becomes a dominant mode of functioning, you are more likely to harm yourself with it than help yourself. So how can we help our clients cease lacerating themselves on the bitingly sharp self-criticisms of comparanoia? Here are a few approaches […]

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    A Quick Guide to Psychiatric Drugs for Therapists

    Unless you’re medically trained in drug usage, you won’t be expected to be an authority on psychotropic drugs, their potential benefits and side effects, or even withdrawal protocols. But here I want to give you just a rough and ready guide so that you don’t draw a complete blank when your client discusses medication.

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    Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t (Completely) Replace a Good Therapist (Yet)

    ChatGPT reached 100 million active users by January 2023, making it the fastest-growing easy-to-use consumer application in history. It ain’t going away. But is it coming for your job? Here’s why I don’t see artificial intelligence (completely) taking over the role of the therapist any time soon.

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    How to Become a More Flexible Therapist

    Reality has a way of interfering with our carefully laid plans and theories. We’ve learned our methods and gained all our suppositions as to how clients are supposed to be and act… but then, lo and behold! The client reacts contrary to what we’ve learned. Most inconvenient! Here are some pointers to help you adapt […]

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    Research Roundup 19

    Scientism treats scientific findings as unquestionable dogma of almost a religious dimension. But the disinterested and unbiased pursuit of truth for its own sake, whatever it may reveal, is possible – and, I hope, alive and well. In this series I take five recent research findings and suggest what they might mean about life in […]

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    How to Stop Self Sabotage in Relationships

    Self-sabotage can impact all areas of a client’s life, but relationship sabotage can be especially disruptive. I’ve worked with hundreds of relationship saboteurs over the years, and they all do similar things. Here’s what not to do when seeking to have a sustainable and happy relationship.

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    How to Stop Your Clients Obsessing Over Toxic Ex-Lovers

    Not too long ago I was asked on a Q&A call about what might be going on when clients feel addicted to an ex even though they know consciously the person is no good for them. Listen to or read my reply to hear my take on why this happens and give a couple of […]

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    The Role of Humility in Personal Development

    Being humble (and not in the way some people boast of being humble!) is not just a virtue because people say it is, but because it is a pathway to greater efficiency and greater perception. So what exactly is humility, and why is it so important to the individual, the community, and the world as […]

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    How to Turn a Miserable Client Into a Motivated One

    People sometimes reach the point where the future ain’t what it used to be. And if the life ahead doesn’t seem to contain what they’d assumed they’d need to be fulfilled, it suddenly seems there is no real future at all. Here I give you four ways to help clients build a sense of a […]

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    “I Can’t Be Hypnotized – I’m Too Strong Willed!”

    Belief in hypnosis isn’t necessary to be hypnotized but, at least in a formal psychotherapeutic setting, willingness to participate is. So when someone trots out the old cliché about being too strong willed to be hypnotized, how can we respond?