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New Harbinger Blog for Professionals

Dedicated to providing mental health professionals with the latest in evidence-based psychology research, theory, practical in-session tools, and everything in between.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan to teach clients emotional regulation and coping skills, was first used with adult patients who responded to emotional pain with self-harming mechanisms, like cutting, engaging in intentionally dangerous behaviors, or attempting suicide. Today we’re taking a look at how DBT helps teens and adolescents develop healthier coping skills and responses to emotional duress and discover new ways to work through their pain.


Lynne Henderson, PhD, director of The Shyness Clinic—formerly known as the Stanford Shyness Clinic, where Philip ZImbardo developed revolutionary methords for treating problematic shyness-is the author of a new treatment guide, Helping Your Shy and Socially Anxious Client, that outlines an updated protocol for the treatment of social anxiety and shyness.


It's Friday! If you've been following us for the last several weeks, you know we've been talking extensively about love and relationships. Next week, we're launching a new series of posts about treating shy and socially anxious children. So to get things rolling, we're offering a very special free e-book this week, one of the best contributions available for treating this population: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxious Children: A Manual for Treating Childhood Anxiety, by Randye Semple, PhD, and Jennfier Lee, PhD.


For the last several weeks we’ve been presenting views and definitions from a variety of researchers and psychotherapists on the consuming and powerful force commonly referred to as love. We’re just about ready to move on to other subjects (we promise we’ll return to love again, eventually), but need to add one final point.


As we have discussed in previous posts, psychologists have offered many different perspectives on love. Most of these, however, revolve around love as a feeling, sometimes conflating it with cognitions and behaviors as well. As the authors of ACT and RFT in Relationships point out, even the “father of behaviorism,” John Watson, succumbed to this romantic view of love when writing to his mistress: “Every cell I have is yours, individually and collectively. My total reactions are positive and towards you.


Happy Friday! We're a little bit extra happy today because Free e-Book Fridays are officially back!

Today's e-book pick is actually a New Harbinger relic, published more than ten years ago in 1993, at a time when contextualism as a philosophy of science began receiving increased attention from psychologists and other social scientists frustrated with the dominant mechanistic view within psychology.


Over the last few weeks we’ve been examining the meaning and history of romantic love through the lens of a team of behavioral therapists who wrote the recently released book, ACT and RFT in Relationships: Helping Clients Deepen Intimacy and Maintain Healthy Commitments Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory.


By Sarah Cimperman, ND

Spring is the season of new beginnings. It’s also a perfect time to make lifestyle changes that will improve mental, emotional, and physical health. These three tips can be incorporated into any treatment plan to help your clients revitalize their minds and bodies alike.


Being a parent can be tough work, and when kids don’t cooperate, it’s easy to lose your cool and raise your voice. But is there a better way for parents to get their point across? In this exclusive Q&A, author, longtime nurse, and temperament specialist Rona Renner gives us the lowdown on parenting, discipline, and her new book, Is That Me Yelling?, which offers frustrated parents everywhere effective communication strategies that focus on their child’s unique temperament.