Hand Model of the Brain – A Doodle-Illustrated Learning Resource

    This little video explains why it’s SO HARD to calm down once we’re set off. Make the motions with your own hand to get a sense of how an amygdala overwhelmed by fear, danger, or any overwhelming emotion can blow up, making us seem to “flip our lid” and act in ways we…

Things Trauma Survivors May Need: A Messy Visual

. Messy. Accurate. People are often surprised to learn that most of trauma therapy isn’t actually talking directly about trauma- it involves getting to know ourselves and our needs without judgment, learning to extend genuine kindness and care inward, and growing skills to advocate for what we need to thrive. The concept behind this doodle…

Sketchnote: Genogram Symbol Key + Printable Flashcards

JUMP TO DOWNLOADS When I was first introduced to family therapy in graduate school, I immediately fell in love with the visual language of genograms. Since making this genogram chart at that time, this graphic has become one of my most shared sketchnotes across multiple platforms. Scroll to the bottom of this post to purchase…

the impact of stress on window of tolerance - Illustration by Lindsay Braman

The Impact of Stress on Emotional Window of Tolerance

  Our window of tolerance refers to how much we can handle, emotionally, before shutting down or blowing up (Emotional states called “hypoarousal” and “hyperarousal” by brain researchers.) Healthy brains in optimal circumstances have a big arch that helps us stay present to listen, learn, and grow even when difficult stuff is happening. The normal…

Maladaptive Overcontrol is a phrase that validates and sums up so much of this tension: some control is good, but when it causes distress and relational isolation, it may be time to access some resources to get help

Maladaptive Overcontrol: Illustrated (Plus Free Handwriting Font Downloads)

  (Click here to jump on down to free font downloads) An intentionally messy visual about the opposite: maladaptive over-control (sometimes called maladaptive perfectionism). We all love doing things well. “Getting it right” earns us praise and minimizes negative consequences. But what if our existence becomes more and more wrapped up in getting *everything* right?…

an image showing three inset circles. The inner wheel is basic emotions- happy, sad, disgust, etc- the middle circle contains feeling words- despair, disappointment, awe, etc. The outer circle contains words that describe a sensation that someone might feel in their body if they were feeling the corresponding emotion.

Emotion-Sensation Feeling Wheel Handout by Lindsay Braman

> JUMP TO DOWNLOAD <   The Emotion-Sensation Feeling Wheel   WHAT IS IT: It’s an adaptation of the “feelings wheel” that many therapists and educators use to help people learn to better recognize and name their emotions, adapted to include common body-based expressions of emotions. HOW THE EMOTION-SENSATION   WHEEL IS DIFFERENT: The two…

Therapy Interventions for Families with Young Children

Kids and COVID-19: 6 Activities Supporting Meaning Making and Resiliency

The first draft of this illustration was created as a professional resource, but as Social Distancing entered the global vocabulary and #quarantinewithkids started trending, I wanted to create a resource for parents who are helping kids process the experience of being a kid during a pretty scary time.   There is a great visual floating…

8 Ways to Boost Mood and Mental Health (Even in A Global Crisis)

  This originally eight-part doodle on ways to manage mental-health highlights several research-backed adjunctive therapies for low mood and depressive symptoms. Before I had the opportunity to publish the eight-part comic, COVID-19 pandemic ushered many of us into intense social distancing practices. In reviewing the original comic, I decided to edit it down to the…

Isolation Mental Health Wellbeing Daily To-Do List Worksheet

Our lives have changed significantly in the past few weeks as Covid-19 has spread around the globe and into our communities. In the space of a month we shifted from life-as-usual to- if our jobs and lifestyles allowed it- nearly complete isolation. For all of us, this is a challenge. For individuals struggling with mental…

Steps to Containing a Mental Health Crisis Printable- RO-DBT model

For the past few months, I’ve been researching RO-DBT. Traditional DBT helps develop emotion regulation and impulse control in people who struggle in these areas, but  Radically Open (RO) DBT is an adaptation of DBT targeted towards people struggling in the opposite way:  those with an overabundance of self-control and who struggle to express emotion.…

Self Care in the Age of Coronavirus

Right now it’s hard to know what is & isn’t overreacting- but self care is a lens that may help bring some clarity. It’s normal to be worried. It’s smart to stay up to date, But how can we gauge whether our response is “not enough” or “too much”? Self Care is the frame I’m…

Therapy: Expectation vs Reality – A Graph

Even if you’ve never been to therapy or studied psychology, you’ve probably heard of “breakthroughs” in therapy. It’s a word that Hollywood loves – but doesn’t really exist in real life. In media depictions of psychotherapy– where therapy is often used as a gimmick to advance plot rather than a realistic representation- a breakthrough is shown…

Professional Resource: HIPAA “Calling a Client Flow Chart” Reference Poster:

  Reviewing the policies that protect client/patient privacy is a regular part of staff training in healthcare settings- but often when we encounter information we’ve seen dozens (or hundreds!) of times before, we often “zone out” a bit rather than focusing in on reviewing critical information. Our familiarity with procedures can sometimes make it difficult…

Print your Own Psychology Valentines

You’ve seen my Halloween themed ghost attachment styles doodles, now here’s the valentine version! Purchase Digital PDF: Origins During my first year of graduate school, I managed to sneak into an elective intended for students later on in the 3-year program. The course was Interpersonal Neurobiology: the study of how brains change within the context…

Therapy Takes Time

  Culturally we are doing a really good job of normalizing the use of therapy and medication, but I wonder sometimes if we underemphasize that therapy takes time and effort to work. It’s not unusual for people entering therapy for the first time to expect rapid results or that they can use therapy to recover…

How to Journal Therapy Appointments – Journal Template

Writing long-hand about my own experience in therapy helps me continue to develop self-awareness and integrate my emotional/sensory experience with my thinking-brain. Recently I’ve been thinking about how I could help others access the benefits of journalling about therapy if they aren’t the sort of person who enjoys long-format journalling. This article features tips on…