Even as we look to the latest brain research for techniques to apply in our therapeutic work, we too often neglect the damaging impacts of stress, poor lifestyle choices, and overstimulation from digital devices on our brains and bodies. In this recording, you’ll learn empirically-validated techniques to calm your client’s nervous system, help your client come to clarity in decision-making, heal toxic shame, and cultivate your client’s courage to take growth-enhancing risks.
Linda Graham, MFT, is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, bestselling author and international speaker. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her worldwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 Better Books for a Better World award. She publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness and weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience. For more information visit www.lindagraham-mft.net.
Linda draws on her own experiences of healing and awakening as well as more than two decades of integrative study, practice and teaching of transformational psychotherapies, vipassana meditation, life coaching, and facilitating groups and workshops to become a skillful guide interweaving many paths of compassionate, conscious connection. She is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practice.
Financial: Linda Graham maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She presents professionally and receives compensation, and she receives royalties as a published author. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Linda Graham has no relevant non-financial relationships.
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- Brain structure, overlapping areas of physical pain, emotional pain and temperature
- Modalities impacting brain structure
Multiple approaches, experiences change the brain
Consciousness remains unexplained
- Burnout and compassion fatigue
- Macro and micro approaches to self-care
- The impact of exercise on brain chemistry and development
Telomeres, longevity, types of movement
- The impact of sleep and rest on brain chemistry and development
Cognitive impairment, depression
Sleep improvement strategies
Brief restorative strategies
- Nutrition supports for brain function
Impact of obesity
- The role of play in sustaining healthy brain function
- Social relationships and well being
- The four intelligences of well being
- Body based tools for healing trauma
Reactivity and healing
- Priming the neuroplasticity of the brain
- Relational intelligence
- Mindful awareness
Modifying perceptions and reactions
- Exercise: Increasing somatic intelligence
- Exercises: Breath, posture and movement
- Positive psychology and neuroscience research
Contraction and reactivity
Resilience and health
Ability to shift perspective
Mindful self-compassion and acceptance
- Exercise: Hand movement, mindfulness and emotion
- Exercise: Visualization and self-compassion
- Exercise: Moments of kindness
- Exercise: Guided visualization toward self-acceptance
- Exercise: Playing Parts and self-integration
- Exercise: Integrating the inner critic
- Implement lifestyle choices that protect the physical brain as our clients age, and extend the “health span” portion of our lifespan
- Apply the tools of self-directed neuroplasticity in therapy that help reverse the impact of stress and trauma on emotional regulation, learning and memory, and empathy
- Engage clients with practices such as guided visualizations and process journaling that can enhance the higher brain’s capacity for response flexibility, discernment, planning, creativity, and imagination
- Apply interventions that help prevent/reverse addiction to digital technology and recover capacities for focused attention and concentration, relational intimacy, introspection, and self-reflection
- Employ valuable resources in the latest findings about the brain and the mind-body connection
Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers