Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma

In the simplest terms: burnout occurs when the stress we experience exceeds our capacity to cope with that stress. While some individuals may be able to thrive- at least in the short term- under high stress, eventually chronic stress without relief begins to take a toll on even the most resilient individuals. Everyone has a…

Resonance representative emotions abstract art card deck.

“Resonance” – An Abstract Art Emotion Card Deck by Kate Creech

    Shortly after completing my Mindful Grounding Activity Card deck, I had an idea for an emotion card deck, each card containing an evocative abstract image, for use as a tool in helping visual-thinkers and less-verbal kids and adults identify and communicate emotions. Although I’ve dabbled in abstract alcohol ink art, I knew this…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Worksheet for Cultivating Mindfulness Practices

Why Mindfulness? In a culture where life is often lived digitally, mindfulness matters. While our brains increasingly adept at sensing fake news deciphering complex texts based on emojis, but increasingly we struggle to orient ourselves to more physical, embodied, aspects of the world. Mindfulness is one way to train your brain to be present in…

Untreated Depression can Cause Permanent Changes in the Brain

  Results of a recent study confirmed what has long been suspected: “neurodegeneration underpins disease progression when major depressive disorder is left untreated,” In layman’s terms, neurobiologists have been able to demonstrate that when depression goes untreated, sections of our the brain can begin to degenerate. This research indicates that untreated depression can cause the…