For Therapists

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.

Upcoming Event: 35th Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

I can’t keep it quiet any longer, I’m excited about the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium coming up in March. Are you going?

I’ve been invited to present a “Flash Talk” as part of the Forum on Couples Therapy: Advances and Changes in Couples Therapy Today. I am speaking on one of my favorite topics, “Monogamy in the Internet Age” at the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium-The Colors of Tomorrow-in Washington, DC, March 26-29. A Flash Talk is the Networker Symposium’s version of the popular TED Talks where we deepen the questions we’ve been asking all along.

Click here to see the other Symposium events (including mine!)

The Networker Symposium is an intense experience and one of the best conferences around. With the top presenters in the field of psychotherapy, there is something new to learn every year from my colleagues’ presentations. There is always something different, a new perspective and interesting ideas.

I’m presenting 3 different times this year – the Flash Talk on Saturday morning, March 28th, an All Day Thursday presentation on “Expanding Your Sexual Comfort Zone,” and a workshop talking about “The New Monogamy” on Friday.

With my presentations and hectic schedule I may not get to hear all of my colleague’s newest ideas, so I plan to get the conference audio. That way I can listen to the other presentations while I am back home shoveling snow! (Today I am home in the third blizzard this week up here in Connecticut.)

With 100 top names in psychotherapy, the Networker Symposium really is a rare opportunity to explore timely issues and the newest developments in psychotherapy. Many of the workshops are hands-on, practical learning experiences that help build skills and impact your practice right away. All of speakers are powerful, and I am honored to be among them.

If you have ever wanted to rejuvenate yourself and your practice, this is a great way to do it. Come join me and say “Hi” when you are there. I will be looking for you!

Now is the time to make plans for the wonderful new year, and make joining me a priority on March 26-29th in Washington, DC for the Networker Symposium-The Colors of Tomorrow: Expand Your Vision for the Future of Your Practice.

See you there!


As a special Bonus, the Networker is giving you free access to a video that celebrates the remarkable history of the Symposium.

You can watch it right here, right now.

I hope that you will watch and enjoy the video.

And come hang out with me. DC is fun, and the conference is awesome. And come play with us on Creativity day for an all day presentation on Thursday for some surprise Fifty Shades of Grey demonstrations! More info here.

Click here to see the other Symposium events (including mine!)

Want to Write your Truth in the New Year? Let me help you!

Writing your truth means finding that voice within that wants to tell your authentic story. My mission is to help you find that part of you that wants to help others by sharing your experience. You have something important to say, and only you can say it in your own unique voice.

I have helped dozens of authors find, write, and publish and their truth….. and I can help you.

There is no better time than right now to begin. Take your writing project and create something real, something powerful – I know you have been thinking about this. And now your idea can be more than just dream.

It is a new year, time to start your new project or take an old one and look at it with a brand new perspective. Take control of your goals NOW and register for Writing and Publishing for Professionals!

There are only a few spots left… register TODAY!

Paris in the days after Je Suis Charlie

I just arrived in Paris yesterday and as I travel the city, my mind flashes to the events of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack (Je Suis Charlie) and one of my friends and writing student’s blogs about compassionate connection in the face of power and violence. Please click over to read Nancy Hyatt’s piece and share it with your network: Power Vs. Force- a New Way for a New Year by Nancy Hyatt, LICSW-C

Learn the effects of religion and spiritual beliefs on sex

Religion has for centuries shaped our sexual values and behaviors, everything from masturbation to ejaculation to procreation. Find out how we are shaped by our beliefs and how we as therapists can help couples confront their pasts and find faith that works for a sexually healthy future. Sex and religion may have a bad name in therapy, but there can be positive influences through faith and practice for many couples in their sexual lives.

Beginning March 3rd, two top experts in the field of sex and religion will join me to discuss the challenges of working with special populations.

Dr. Talli Rosenbaum, in Israel, will talk about her work with Orthodox Jewish couples and Kristin Hodson will discuss her ongoing clinical work in Utah with the Mormon LDS population. In the third week, we will cover mixed religion and interfaith couples and touch on the stress of religious extremism in all of its forms and the effects this has on adult sexual relationships.

Participants will learn the effects of ancient spiritual traditions on relationships, sensuality and sexual function. This course will examine religion and sex from many angles and will give an overview of the resources that are available for clinicians who want to go deeper into this challenging work with couples from all backgrounds.

Early registration discount available until February 10th!

Click Here to Register for Sex and Religion; Mormons, Jews, Buddhists and Catholics – How Beliefs and Values Shape Erotic Behaviors