There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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Why flexibility and therapeutic range are the future of practice
Shauna H Springer Ph.D.
Ever become tearful during a session with a patient? What did you do? If you are like me, you tried hard to inhibit any tearfulness. But I don't do that anymore.
Developing and deploying a tactical analysis of the war on hopelessness has profoundly shifted my work with veterans and first responders.
In the career transitions of pro athletes and military veterans, the individual resilience factors targeted for interventions are not the dominant factors.
One thing that determines how much patients will open up is how much anxiety a therapist transmits to them.
In the wake of a tragedy like the Thousand Oaks mass shooting, fear rises up and distorts the truth. As someone who is close to many Marines, here is what I know to be true.
After being asked by several warriors to comment on Britta Reque-Dragicevic’s article, “When You Can’t be a Warrior Anymore…Is There a Reason to Go On," this is what I think.
Do pastors and others in ministry roles have some underappreciated suicide risk factors?
Those who survive suicide attempts often look back on their crisis with a different perspective.
The power of Tribe works for veterans and civilians alike. When we reach a tipping point in understanding this, we will see changes in our rates of suicide.
When therapists think about termination, they generally focus on minimizing the negative impact for patients. But what happens when you have to say goodbye to many of them at once?
By getting up at 4:30 a.m., I have already made a powerful statement to myself that I am willing to work for what I want in a single-minded, extremely determined way.
If you do a review of what has worked for you in the past, what can you discover about how to set the stage for success with your goals?
When it comes to fitness goals, if you find a type of movement that feels both good and right to you, it’s much more likely to become a habit.
There is no shortage of crash diet options, but what if our bodies need time to acclimate? What if they actually need a slow-cooked method of change over a long period of time?
As we wrap up 2016 and head into a new year, is there a fork in your own road that you need to see with greater clarity and focus? Here's a decision-making "hack" that may help.
My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.
The suicide rate is at a 30-year high, and rising. Crisis response models try to plug the dam, but the dam isn’t holding. We need a total re-envisioning of crisis response.
Trauma may not be the that thing catalyzes despair but rather the combination of trauma with gaping attachment wounds that service members feel when they separate from their tribe.
What experiences shape the moment of recognition that addiction is bondage and that freedom is worth clawing towards with every molecule of strength and courage that we possess?
Off-putting though it may be to some, here are ten reasons why I am sticking with “cocaine rush phase” as the best way to capture the first phase of new relationships.
I have made a conscious decision to forgo hanging my diplomas. Here’s why.
The truth that I believe we must integrate is that people don’t change for their mental health counselors. They change because their behavior impacts those they love.
My very angry patient was making great progress, applying a range of new insights. The problem was that his wife became very angry as a result of these changes.
The very nature of most anger management referrals contributes to the failure of meaningful skill development in managing anger.
What is real power? It is acting like the biggest dog on the road.
How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage
In terms of knowing their diagnosis, borderline patients are often left in the dark. Here is a way to make a respectful approach.
...I just knew that my job was to find a cockroach, support David as he challenged his fears, and hold the camera steady...
In the blink of an eye, I found myself on the putty colored carpet surrounded by the shrapnel of scattered chair parts. And it was the best possible thing that could have happened.
Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.
Shauna Springer, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, relationship and lifestyle researcher, and author of Marriage, for Equals: The Successful Joint (Ad)Ventures of Well-Educated Couples.