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  • positive-visualization

    Doing Visualization Right

    Positive visualization, when done correctly, can help make us feel better about past traumas, make us more focused on achieving our goals, and help us relax more during social interactions. So, what’s the best way to help your clients visualize their best possible self?

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    How to Stop Your Client’s Negative Spiral

    There is a kind of unhelpful self-confidence in the mind of a negative client, at least as far as their sense of being right about how bad things are or will be is concerned. We need to help such clients develop the capacity for calmer, more hopeful and reasonable thoughts with greater perspective. So what […]

  • externalize-addictive-pattern

    How to Externalize an Addictive Pattern From Your Client’s Core Identity

    When we externalize a pattern, whether through story or simply the way we talk to our clients about their problems, we encourage mastery over the problem by separating it from who they essentially are. Here I present my reply to a question from a Q&A call, where I discuss the art of removing the problem […]

  • psychoeducation-with-clients

    How to Use Psychoeducation With Your Clients

    Psychoeducation can be a powerful tool for therapists to help their clients better understand their mental health condition, learn effective strategies for managing their symptoms, and take control of their mental health. So what pointers can be useful when we think about providing our clients with psychoeducation?

  • spiritual-questions

    How to Help Your Therapy Clients with Their Spiritual Questions

    Where did we come from, where are we going, and what is behind it all? Many of us have at some time wrestled with or just wondered about the bigger questions of life. And research suggests that addressing such spiritual concerns may help mental health. So how might we as practitioners aid our clients in […]

  • depressed-child

    Philosophy Piece: Why Are Our Children So Depressed?

    It’s so poignant when we hear of children who feel life isn’t worth living, who feel doomed to lives of misery or even feel like killing themselves. And if childhood suicide rates and admissions to hospital for self-harm are anything to go by, childhood depression is trending upwards. So why might childhood depression be on […]

  • family-therapy

    One Guiding Principle for Family Therapy

    Family therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of mental health and relationship problems. It can help families improve their communication skills, manage conflict, and cope with life transitions. And because families are systems, small changes can create large effects. Here I want to explore the one principle that governs so much of […]

  • inner-child

    What is the Inner Child?

    Building a whole ideology around one metaphor can make therapists less flexible and fluid than they otherwise could be. But that’s not to say that some metaphors aren’t widespread in their appeal, even universal. So when might the inner child metaphor be useful, and how can it be used?

  • help-your-clients-name-their-feelings

    Why it’s important to help your clients name their feelings

    “How does that make you feel?” is a clich├ęd therapy question that sort of sticks in my throat. It makes me feel… yucky. And yet it’s something I need to get over. Because when we face what is inside, recognize and name it, we become stronger and less afraid. By helping our clients recognize and […]

  • reasons-to-stay-abusive-relationships

    3 Reasons Clients Stay in Abusive Relationships

    It can seem baffling, infuriating even, when an abused partner stays with an abuser, even more so when they go back to them after having left. But often it is every bit as baffling and infuriating for the person being abused. So why do people stay in these relationships, and how can we help the […]