For Therapists

Healing the heart through intimacy

There is more to healing and being whole than showing up in therapy once a week or taking a medication for your depression. I know, I may be putting myself out of business when I say that. A therapist depends on patients who depend on therapy. But I look at healing as a broader mission, one that the individual is responsible for achieving. I am only a small part of a greater puzzle. And I am honored to be in the space of healing in my office. Yet I acknowledge that there are more things happening in the healing process that I am aware of, or that I can control.

Sufi’s believe that there are four layers to your heart. And in these layers you can be connected to others, and you can be hurt or you can heal. Our self awareness of these layers may be creating true intimacy with a partner or they may remain unaware of the true nature of our heart, and we may not even know we are hiding our true selves from others.

Resolving conflict, creating intimacy, and letting someone else into our deepest selves means opening our hearts, and this can be frightening and fulfilling at the same time. I hope to create a heightened awareness of the possibilities for couples, to allow healing, and let in more light into the dark spaces of the heart.

Sufism and the layers of the heart: a sufi’s perspective on relationships

Interested in learning more about how spirituality, mindfulness, and altered states can integrate with couples therapy? D’Arcy Swanson and I will be presenting a 2-hour workshop at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology’s annual conference May 28-31 focusing on creating intimacy and resolving conflict for couples that struggle with communication impasses, conflict, sexual issues and/or infidelity. Prioritizing heightened consciousness and energy awareness by tantric, shamanic, and modern therapeutic approaches allows clients to create a more expansive, fulfilling relationship.

Register for ACEP 2015 Conference here:

Free Teleclass: How to Boost Your Business

Follow Your Passion, Create Success and Find Your Mission in the World

March 18, 2015
2 – 3 pm EST
Cost: Free! Register now!
Do you have a private practice and want to expand into products or passive income streams? Do you want to use social media or expand your website? Are you writing a blog or a column? Have you written a book and are trying to market it on your own?

Now you can find out how the most successful entrepreneurs are doing it. Join me for a FREE teleseminar on how to Boost Your Business and Follow Your Passion.

Do you feel like you are meant to change something in the world? Do you have a mission but you aren’t clear yet what it is? Do you want to help people and feel you are a healer with a gift?

Find your expertise, learn the skills to market yourself, and create a strategy for success.

This one-hour FREE class is a BONUS to our upcoming three week teleseminar on How to Grow Your Business beginning April 1st.
All FREE teleseminar registrants will receive a FREE gift when they register for the three-week teleseminar series.

Join me for this FREE teleseminar on how to Boost Your Business and Still Love What You Do: Register now!

Then hear the secrets of manifesting your dreams from each of our expert speakers in the three week Teleseminar starting April 1st with- Wendy Stragr, Evan Leepson, MSW, MBA, and Anna Baxter – classes run on April 1, 8 and 15th but you dont need to be there LIVE – dowload classes anytime but REGISTER now. Register now!

Grow your small business, transform your life

Final days to save on registration for Grow Your Small Business And Be A Successful Entrepreneur! If you register before Friday March 13th, you’ll save $50!

Grow Your Small Business is a three-part teleclass by entrepreneurs Dr. Tammy Nelson, Wendy Stragr, Evan Leepson, MSW, MBA and Anna Baxter

This three hour teleclass presents ideas on how to start, grow or expand your private practice, sell your book, create your product or how to launch your strategic plan for the new year. Create your vision for your business, define your goals and find out how to really transform your life and the lives of others in this course. This course is taught by entrepreneurs who have made it happen. You can build a business that gets you noticed, makes you money and most importantly helps you create the work you love.

Class starts April 1 – Listen live or download the teleclass and listen at your convenience.

Here’s the agenda:

Week 1: Successful Product-Driven Business through Multimedia with Wendy Strgar

Week 2: Marketing Your Business Through Strategic Relationships with Evan Leepson

This session will introduce a new framework of marketing as an organized plan of the care and feeding of strategic relationships. We’ll discuss how to work with referral sources in building a professional or personal services business.

Week 3: Creating an Online Presence and Platform with Anna Baxter

In the modern marketplace, if you’re not online then you’re not reaching your full potential as a professional. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine… there’s so many, but where do you begin? Social media consultant Anna Baxter will answer your questions about building your online presence and connecting with your audience.

Register now, then join us April 1st!

Does fighting 24/7 mean your marriage is over?

There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day at work, only to immediately be pulled into a fight with your spouse over something that is so mundane—What’s even worse is when you don’t know why you’re fighting in the first place! Because when the constant fights start to blend into each other, that’s when you know that you have a major problem on your hands.

Are high conflict couples destined for divorce?

If we’re being totally honest, we don’t know what’s scarier: Not being able to understand why there is so much conflict in our relationships or not knowing whether or not the constant arguing is a sign that our marriage is over. But even though you may fight all of the time, that doesn’t mean that your marriage can’t be saved…does it?

When they come into the therapy office saying, “I don’t think we’re going to make it,” how can we as therapists help couples restore peace and become experts on their own relationship?

YourTango’s panel of experts (Dr. Tammy Nelson, Imago Institute’s Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, LCPC Tony Victor, LMFT Sue Butler and Certified Sex Therapist Kimberly Anderson get into the nitty gritty of marriage and what it takes to make things work in this video.

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Upcoming Event: Flash Forum on Couples Therapy

I’m very excited to be one of the presenters in Advances and Challenges in Couples Therapy Today, one of the Flash Forums at this year’s Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. Inspired by the TED Talks, the Flash Forums were designed as an energizing, streamlined format for allowing attendees to be exposed to the work of leading innovators in each of four different practice specialties: couples therapy, trauma work, grief treatment and applications of brain science. As with the TED Talks, each presenter will have no more than 20 minutes to give their talk using whatever multimedia materials they wish to give the most dynamic and impactful presentation that they can.

In contrast to the usual panel format, the emphasis in the Flash Forums is not on interaction among panelists but on highlighting different cutting-edge clinical perspectives presented in juxtaposition to each other. The strict 20-minute time constraint really pushes presenters to showcase complex, cutting-edge ideas in a way that’s compelling, energizing, and memorable. There’s no time for meandering!

To see how the format works, just click the link below to view the Flash Forum from last year that included Bessel van der Kolk, Barbara Frederickson, and Dan Siegel.
Symposium 2014 Flash Forum: Charting Psychotherapy’s New Horizons

To sum it up, each Flash Forum consists of three parts:

1. The Set Up
Each Flash Forum has a moderator, who will start things off, introduce the presenters, and keep an eye on the clock.

2. The Talks
In the energized spirit of condensed learning, the talks themselves will be presented rapid fire. After one talk ends, the moderator will introduce the next presenter and another talk will start.

3. Audience Involvement
After all four talks have been presented in rapid succession, the moderator will pose a question to the audience that they’ll discuss in small groups amongst themselves. The emphasis will be on giving audience members the chance to interact with each other to process what the ideas presented could mean for their practices.

I really hope you’ll consider attending the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium and participating in the Couples Therapy Flash Forum Saturday morning.

Register for the symposium here

Imago Think Tank: Wedding Planning is Therapy

Modern Brides & Modern Grooms coverMany of you know that I regularly host the Imago Think Tank, interviewing therapists, authors, and innovators in couples therapy. Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark O’Connell L.C.S.W., author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings.

Mark discussed how marriage is changing for people of all walks of life, and how events like weddings celebrate the story of a couple’s relationship. In Mark’s post about the interview on Psychology Today, Celebration Planning Can Be Effective Therapy, he discusses how wedding planning can be an important time period for couples who are creating their future together.

I encourage you to read his article on Psychology Today and listen to the Imago Think Tank interview below.

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Key to happy marriage: financial freedom

Financial freedomThe number one reason couples fight is money. Nobody wants to let arguments over household finances destroy an otherwise healthy relationship. But how do we keep money from tearing us apart?

I love James Van Praagh’s approach to financial freedom: money is energy. Where and how you choose to spend your money reveals what is most important to you. If you want more financial freedom (and really, who doesn’t) start with reading this: Choose Financial Freedom by James Van Praagh

Grow Your Small Business and Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Have you ever wanted to transform the way you work and live the life of your dreams? Do you want to make more money and do the things you love? Do you know there is a way to reach a bigger audience but aren’t sure how to reach them? Learn the three keys to growing a sustainable small business and how you can become a successful entrepreneur.

The newest teleclass presents ideas on how to start, grow or expand your private practice, sell your book, create your product or how to launch your strategic plan for the new year. Create your vision for your business, define your goals and find out how to really transform your life and the lives of others in this course. You can build a business that gets you noticed, makes you money and most importantly helps you create the work you love.

I’m so pleased to be joined by Wendy Stragr, Evan Leepson, MSW, MBA and Anna Baxter – entrepreneurs who have made it happen.

Register for Grow Your Small Business and Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Early Registration Discounted price of $149 if registered before March 13! Save 45$!

Classes are online April 1, 8 and 15, 2015 at 2 pm EST for one hour each session. Listen live or download the teleclass and listen at your convenience.

Early Reg Savings for 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Just a reminder that if you want to join me at the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium—The Colors of Tomorrow—you still have time to sign up and lock in the lowest price with Advanced Savings. Start here.

Take a look at my Symposium events.

What’s happening at this year’s Symposium? There are many ways to explore everything the Symposium offers including benefits, featured speakers, and clinical specialties. And don’t miss Thursday—the day when therapists take care of themselves with creativity and self-care workshops.

With so many choices, you can customize your Symposium experience to meet your unique professional and personal goals. Just be sure to complete your registration before Midnight Monday, February 16 for the biggest savings. Get started now.

Mark your calendar: Washington, DC, March 26–29 for The Colors of Tomorrow: Expand Your Vision for the Future of Your Practice.

I’ll be there. I hope to see you too.

Sex & Religion: How Beliefs and Values Shape Erotic Behaviors

Beginning March 3, join Dr. Tammy Nelson and expert guest speakers Talli Rosenbaum, MSc and Kristen Hodson, MSW, LCSW for a three-hour teleclass covering religious factors related to sexuality, such as:

  • Sociocultural and familial factors in relation to sexual values and behaviors
  • Issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Intimacy skills (social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics
  • Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles

Participants will learn about Orthodox Judaism and how Jewish couples comply with religion and sexuality.

Participants will cover LDS and Mormonism and how their religion affects sexuality and relationships.

Participants will cover alternative religious practices as well as radical religion as it relates to sex.

Register for Sex & Religion by February 10th (that’s tomorrow) to save $49!!

Dates: March 3, 10 & 17, 2015 at 2 pm EST for one hour each session.
Listen live or download the teleclass and listen at your convenience.
Who should attend: Therapists, counselors, healers, and anyone else interested in religion and erotic behaviors.