Feeling Forecast: Emotional Regulation Teaching Worksheets

  This three-piece worksheet is an adapted excerpt from my COVID Kid’s Activity Book. This bundle includes two worksheets, with three pages total.   The Feeling Forecast is a coloring book page and activity designed to teach kids about the Window of Tolerance (and why sometimes everyone needs to take a break to calm-down in…

Therapist resources for discussing and teaching about Magical Thinking

Magical Thinking

Magical thinking is a normal phase in childhood in which we think that our thoughts- or totally random, unrelated events- can change the future. Lots of us hang onto just a bit of magical thinking into adulthood and that’s not necessarily a bad thing (confession: I’m calling myself out a bit on coffee mug magic!).…

lindsay braman trauma avocado teaching model

Trauma Recovery Avocado Model

Trauma and trauma recovery look different for everyone, but generally, there’s a deep, hardened core and a bunch of squishy stuff, all held together by a peel juuuust thick enough to keep us composed unless something comes along to smash us. A lot of times, we think the “pit” is in the past, and the…

Hand model of the brain

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 overcome by fear, danger, or any overwhelming emotion can blow up, making us seem to “flip our lid” and act in ways we…

mindfulness grounding cards - trauma-sensitive

Mindfulness Card Deck for Trauma-Sensitive Grounding Activities

  Perfect for parents, teachers, and those in the mental health field, this simple card game is designed to be a fun and engaging way to invite kids, adults, and groups to refocus their attention on specific body sensations in a trauma-sensitive way – which can help soothe a frazzled or dysregulated brain. This 36-card…

Sketchnote: Genogram Symbol Key + Printable Flashcards

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?…

Emotion-Sensation Feeling Wheel; 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: Therapeutic Family Activities to Support Resilience

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 around…

Ways to boost mood and mental health (even during a pandemic)

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

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. I encountered the text version of this crisis response…

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…