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Archives for November, 2013


The Complexities of Trauma: A Basic Understanding

Complex Client

Jeremy, a 28-year-old commodities trader, enters therapy with the presenting problem that, “I can never seem to maintain an intimate relationship.” Initially, Jeremy’s focus is solely on his struggles with romance, but closer questioning reveals that his friendships and business relationships are also mostly short-lived, and even his family ties run hot and cold. A full assessment shows he has a disorganized attachment style that probably developed, as attachment...
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Shame Resilience and The Daring Way™

Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.
 - Dr. Brené Brown
Training the Trainers

In early November, forty addictions and mental health staff from Elements Behavioral Health facilities nationwide gathered at The Ranch treatment center near Nashville, Tennessee for three days of intense and rigorous professional training. Our goal was to experience and learn the new Daring Way™ shame resilience curriculum, which is based on the extensive research...
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Men and Depression: Not Just the Same Sad Face

Feeling Down?

Scenario 1: Joan, a 32-year-old working mother of two young children

Joan arrives in therapy complaining that over the past six to eight months she has experienced growing feelings of both sadness and fatigue. She admits to frequent crying jags over what she accurately describes as relatively minor incidents. She also reports difficulty falling asleep, usually because she’s worrying that her children need more from her than...
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