Positive Child Therapy: 19 Child Counseling Techniques & Worksheets

Positive Child Therapy: 19 Child Counseling Techniques & Worksheets

Child therapy is generally not an easy topic for parents to discuss. Nobody wants their child to need therapy, but unfortunately, there are many difficult and even traumatic issues that children may encounter that a qualified professional can help them deal with. Although child therap
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Drama Therapy: Essential Techniques, Activities & Exercises + Courses

Drama Therapy: Essential Techniques, Activities & Exercises + Courses

If you’re like most people (including me!), you were probably not familiar with the concept of drama therapy before landing on this page. That’s a real shame, and you’ll see why by the end of this piece. Drama therapy is an established and validated form of therapy that can be applied
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Psychoanalysis: What is Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory/Perspective?

Psychoanalysis: What is Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory/Perspective?

You’ve certainly heard of Freud and psychoanalysis before, but if you’re like most people, you’re not really sure what it’s all about. You might also wonder how psychoanalysis differs from other forms of talk therapy, and the main distinctions between the theories behind each. If so,
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Attachment Theory in Children and Adults: Bowlby & Ainsworth's 4 Types

Attachment Theory in Children and Adults: Bowlby & Ainsworth’s 4 Types

Is it all your mother’s fault? Whatever the “it” is, Freud would probably say yes; however, we now know a lot more about psychology, parenting, and human relationships than Freud did. We know that not every issue or problem can be traced back to the mother. After all, there is another
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grief therapy

Grief Counseling: Therapy Techniques for Children and Hospice Care

Unfortunately, grief is an inevitable, inescapable part of life. We will all lose someone we love at some point in our life—most of us at many points—and the loss can often hit us harder than we expect. If we feel really knocked off our feet or are struggling for a prolonged period of
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Relational Frame Theory: Foundations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (+PDF)

Relational Frame Theory: Foundations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (+PDF)

Have you ever thought about the amazing ability of humans to create associations between words—which are really just arbitrary combinations of sounds—and objects, events, and complex ideas? Other species are able to make simple associations, but our ability surpasses theirs by leaps a
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy: ERP & More OCD Treatments

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychological disorder that, as the name suggests, is characterized by obsessions and compulsions. These obsessions and compulsions are much more prevalent and debilitating than they are in the general population. This article will cover
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Behavioural Activation: Behavioural Therapy For Depression Treatment

Behavioural Activation: Behavioural Therapy For Depression Treatment

Behavioral activation (BA) is a therapeutic intervention that is often used to treat depression. Behavioral activation stems from a behavioral model of depression that conceptualizes depression as a consequence of a lack of positive reinforcement. BA is highly customizable and is a ve
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Codependency: What Are The Signs & How To Overcome It

Codependency: What Are The Signs & How To Overcome It

Codependency refers to a psychological construct involving a type of unhealthy relationship that people can share with those close to them. It was originally thought to involve families of substance abuse but has since grown to include other types of dysfunctional relationships. Read
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22 Emotion Regulation Worksheets & Strategies: Improve Your DBT Skills

22 Emotion Regulation Worksheets & Strategies: Improve Your DBT Skills

In popular culture, there is an odd but oddly persuasive idea: that we are not in control of our emotions. We feel how we feel, regardless of what is happening around us or how much we’d like to control our feelings. You can see this idea played out in movies, television shows, books,
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Interactive Guided Imagery Therapy: The Therapeutic Value Of Imagination

Interactive Guided Imagery Therapy: The Therapeutic Value Of Imagination

Interactive Guided ImagerySM (IGISM) is a specific type of guided imagery (a practice relying on visualization) overseen by the Academy for Guided Imagery. Guided imagery and IGISM have been shown to be useful in treating a variety of physical and mental health issues, and have also b
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Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): How Far We've Come From Freud

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: How Far We’ve Come From Freud

How do we deal with trauma? We all encounter trauma of one kind or another, but we are generally adept at coping with our mini-traumas. The real challenge is learning how to address and heal from the truly traumatic experiences in life: sexual assault, witnessing extreme violence, liv
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Positive Trauma Therapy: PTSD & Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)

Positive Trauma Therapy: PTSD & Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)

“Trauma doesn’t have to defeat you. It can be a perfect opportunity for growth. Don’t just make a comeback. Use it as a catalyst forward.” – Matt McWilliams What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before. Maybe you totally agree with this statement,
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Overcoming A Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Tests and Treatment

Social Anxiety Disorder: A Societal Problem with a Personal Solution

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of anxiety disorder that most affects people during social interactions, in anticipation of social interactions, or while reflecting on social interactions. SAD appears to have a variety of causes, both environmental and genetic/biologi
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art therapy

Art Therapy: 15 Activities and Exercises for Children and Adults

Everyone can remember a time in his or her life when words weren’t enough to explain the heartache. It was as if there was no way to say out loud what the grief, the shame, or the anger felt like, or at least, nothing sounded quite poignant enough to describe those feelings. Perhaps,
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Interpersonal Psychotherapy

What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): A Case History

The discovery of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is a great example of scientific serendipity, in that, it was discovered by accident. The story goes that in 1969 the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health began a new policy of evaluating mental health treatments in the same way other m
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