Teaching Your Clients Retroactive Learning

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Teach your clients how to use the mistakes of the past as opportunities to learn new options for self-care. Show them how to re-visioning a path to better outcomes without getting caught up in self-criticism.

In this video look for:

  • The value of reexamining past mistakes
  • How to help clients not beat themselves up for their errors
  • What it takes to change a behavior pattern

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How Using Tools In Therapy Helps You Be A Better Therapist

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Tools provide a means for teaching valuable lessons in therapy. They are like windows into important conversations. Learn how you can incorporate kinesthetic and visual tools into your practice.

In this video look for:

  • What a therapy tool can do in a session
  • How do you introduce a tool
  • What the client gets out of a kinesthetic tool

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Why Questions

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Why questions in psychotherapy often lead clients to dead-ends and places where answers cannot be found. When working with clients in counseling and therapy  redirect them to ask more powerful questions and, as a result, bring about more therapeutic change. It’s not always wise to ask the why’s!

In this video look for:

  • where why questions lead you
  • what questions are more powerful to ask
  • when a why question might be helpful

Solutions-Focused Goals

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In counseling and psychotherapy it is important to keep the focus on the solutions rather than the problems. Rehearsing, reviewing, and retelling the stories of problems can derail the more powerful therapy work of identifying and stepping towards solutions. Help your clients form clear solution-focused goals. Train them to keep their eye on the goal rather than complaining about the challenges in reaching their possibilities.

In this video look for:

  • what makes for a good psychotherapy goal
  • what conversations make therapy effective
  • what clients should identify with

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Teaching Self Forgiveness To Clients

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Psychotherapy clients can learn to forgive themselves for errors and imperfections. Therapist can model non-judgmental attitudes and invite their clients to step into a position of gentleness and kindness toward themselves. There are clear steps counselors and psychotherapists can take in helping their clients learn self-empathy and compassion.

In this video look for:

  • the power of dis-identification
  • the first rule of engagement
  • the key component to complete forgiveness

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When It’s Best To Interrupt Clients

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It’s really okay to interrupt your psychotherapy clients. It’s actually very helpful. There are many benefits in stopping limiting stories and redirecting clients to speak in ways that open possibilities. People can learn to see that how they define things confines things. In therapy show your clients ways to interrupt that are not harshly confrontational. They will need these skills to interrupt their own limiting self-talk.

In this video look for:

  • the kinds of things that bear interrupting
  • the benefits of catching limiting language
  • how to interrupt playfully

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Teaching Your Clients Body Awareness

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The body provides a wonderful signaling system that, if listened to, can help clients learn about their symptoms and solutions. Body awareness is an important tool for clients to utilize. Psychotherapists can encourage clients to attend to the messages their bodies are communicating and, in so doing, empower clients to direct their lives more effectively.

In this video look for:

  • what the body is communicating
  • the message of anxiety
  • how to help clients learn to listen

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The Benefits of Using Handouts In Therapy

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If you see your role as a therapist as being a psycho-educator then good handouts are essential. Handouts help clients remember important details and they reinforce learning. Powerful therapy is therapy that teaches and equips clients to create the lives they desire.

In this video look for:

  • the ways handouts can be helpful
  • the value of condensed content
  • where to find good handouts

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Affirmations

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Sometimes affirmations don’t work because they are too big of a stretch. Learn to design affirmations with your counseling and therapy clients that are within reach by keeping them realistic, grounded and just one step ahead.

In this video look for:

  • the important components of an affirmation
  • how to make affirmations attainable

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The Most Powerful Question

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Keep psychotherapy effective and powerful by asking the right questions. The most powerful question is, “Who is the person you want to be?” in the midst of …. Help your clients hone a vision of what they want to become so they can make small steps in that direction. Keep the focus of therapy off the problems and more clearly focused on the possible solutions. This empowers clients to be able to proactively design a life of meaning.

In this video look for:

  • what is it that directs therapy
  • the power of experimentation
  • what to help clients focus on, if it isn’t the stopping of something
  • how to teach clients to tell helpful stories
  • the keep components of helpful stories

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