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Adopting Healthy Habits for Happiness and Wellbeing

How Therapists Can Teach Habits for Happiness

Katy Butler • 3/4/2015 • No Comments

Once in a while, we may make concerted attempts to be kinder, less impatient, or more attentive to our own self-care. But our chaotic 21st-century lives often lack the structure, discipline, and even the raw physical energy required to make the changes stick. After a few weeks of trying something as simple as swimming at lunchtime, we sag beneath the weight of too much distraction and too little sleep. We know everything except how to live. In this postmodern world of infinite choice and incoherent structure, what practical steps should we take now---a personal trainer? More therapy? Feng shui? Zen meditation?---to become the self we see shining in our best moments?

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Coaching with Feeling

Jeff Auerbach on the Key Differences Between Therapy and Coaching

Rich Simon • 12/11/2013 • 3 Comments

Therapy and coaching have a lot of common ground, a fact that partially accounts for why many therapists are looking to expand or refocus their careers with coaching.

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How the Internet is Changing the Way We Create Connection

Steering the Way We Form Relationships in the Digital Age

Melinda Blau • 9/23/2015 • No Comments

The Internet has become the world's largest, and arguably most important, social thoroughfare. It intersects with millions---no, billions---of streets, alleyways, and self-contained villages where you can find, meet, and work with just about anyone on the planet. The problem is, many of us feel slightly out of synch, even as we commit increasing stretches of our time to the Internet.

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How to Market Your Therapy Practice Online

Attracting Therapy Clients Through Web Sites, Blogs, and Locator Services

Casey Truffo • 5/21/2015 • No Comments

As a practice-building coach for the last seven years, I've met a lot of therapists who are working hard to implement marketing strategies that just don't work in today's therapy environment, although they worked well in the past. So what's changed? One word: the Internet. If the Internet continues to grow in importance as a communication and information medium, as it almost certainly will, it'll increasingly be the most effective way for you to attract clients. So how do you create a web presence? Here are a few possibilities.

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How Virtual Addictions are Changing Our Habits of Human Connection

Diane Ackerman on Sensory Overload in the Modern Age

Diane Ackerman • 2/4/2016 • No Comments

Despite all the seeming connectedness, we’re not the most socially connected we’ve ever been. Generation by generation, our brains have been evolving new networks, new ways of wiring and firing, favoring some behaviors and discarding others, as we train ourselves to meet the challenges of a world we keep amplifying, editing, deconstructing, and recreating.

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Is Virtual Reality a Game Changer?

VR is Therapeutic. But Could It Change Therapy as We Know It?

Michael Greene • 11/18/2016 • No Comments

By Michael Greene - Virtual reality challenges some of our physical and emotional boundaries, altering our immediate experience of what’s real and blurring our sense of being separate from what we’re watching. Put on VR goggles and headphones and you enter a new environment, experienced from a first-person, 360-degree perspective. Researchers have already been tapping into this powerful sense of immersion to pioneer various types of VR-based therapies. But is VR really a game changer?

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Lost in Electronica

Today's Media Culture is Leaving Boys at a Loss for Words

Adam Cox • 10/24/2014 • No Comments

My year treating high school boys taught me a lesson that still guides my work: if words are the currency of most interpersonal exchange, many boys are on the verge of social bankruptcy. When it comes to communication challenges, gender discrepancies are staggering. Boys make up 75 percent of special-education classes, are far more frequently diagnosed with syndromes ranging from ADHD to autism that involve social-learning problems, and account for nearly 80 percent of children identified as emotionally troubled. Our world is increasingly driven by communication and the need for emotional intelligence---attributes that generally don't come easily for boys---and they're clearly falling behind. In spite of the still-potent icon of the silent male in the American psyche, there are far fewer life options today---whether academic, career, or relational---that can accommodate a boy (or man) of few words.

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Mindfulness, Conscious Breathing Exercises, and Cyber Intimacy

Testimonials from the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Symposium Student Scholars • 4/14/2015 • No Comments

Although I have read his books and seen many videos of him in action, today's Networker Symposium workshop was the first in-person opportunity I've had to hear Jon Kabat-Zinn speak. This enlightening workshop was exactly the push I needed to reinstate mindful practice into my life, starting right here, right now. Here are a few of my favorite pearls of wisdom from the day: In all Asian languages, "mind" and "heart" are the same word. Thus, "mindfulness" is also "heartfulness," and "Do you live in a world of nouns or verbs?...Is your intention to be fully present without filling up the moment with anything extra?"

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Protecting Your Therapy Clients in an Age of Technology

Ensuring Client Confidentiality by Being a Tech-Savvy Therapist

Alli Spotts-De Lazzer • 5/17/2016 • No Comments

By Alli Spotts-De Lazzer - If you're a psychotherapist who uses any portable device to communicate with or about patients, it's vitally important to assess confidentiality risks and implement data security before a theft or loss occurs. Although no security is 100 percent foolproof, you can make reasonable and appropriate efforts to protect confidential data.

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Proven Strategies for Branding Your Therapy Practice

Concrete Steps for Growing and Managing Finances and Clients

Joe Bavonese • 1/6/2016 • No Comments

For therapists, traditional ways of getting the word out---a discrete ad here, a few hints to colleagues there, even a fancy website---just won’t cut it anymore. In a sound-bite-saturated world of information overload, having a brand that stands out is the only way to attract potential clients.

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