Virtual Book Launch Events

I’m very excited to share that my book, The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook, is now available for pre-order on BookShopAmazonIndieBound and Book Depository! I have two virtual book launch events planned that will be livestreamed through YouTube on 6/30/21 and 7/1/21 (details below).

The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook Launch

I’ll be talking about suicide prevention with two people who influenced my book:

*Alyse Ruriani, MAATC: an art therapist and mental health artist who created illustrations for the book. Check out her work on Instagram!

*David Klonsky, Ph.D.: a psychology professor and suicide researcher who developed the Three-Step Theory of Suicide, which guided my book.

You can access the livestream here: https://youtu.be/FAhnt3i9G1M.

Psychodrama-O-Rama

I’ll be answering your questions about suicide and cognitive-behavioral therapy during a livestream episode with my Psychodrama Podcast co-host, Leonardo Bobadilla, Ph.D. If you have questions you’d like me to answer on the episode, please send them to kathrynhgordon@gmail.com.

You can access the livestream here: https://youtu.be/WQ8yeIheH8k.

10 Star Wars Quotes for Therapists

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In anticipation of The Force Awakens, I rewatched all of the Star Wars movies over the last few months. I noticed a number of quotes that I believe exemplify therapeutic concepts and have listed my top 10 below. If you’re trying to build rapport with a Star Wars-loving client, engage students with pop culture examples, or just love psychotherapy and Star Wars, this post is for you. If you’re not interested in any of the above, stay tuned for the next post, which will focus on tips for becoming a disciplined writer!

1. Acceptance

Anakin Skywalker: I don’t want things to change.

Shmi Skywalker: But you can’t stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.

2. All-or-Nothing Thinking (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)

Darth Vader: If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy.

3. Autonomy (Self-Determination Theory)

Princess Leia: He’s got to follow his own path. No one can choose it for him.

4. Doing What Works (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Anakin Skywalker: Sometimes we must let go of our pride and do what is requested of us.

5. Easy Manner (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Han Solo: Fly casual.

6. Mental Filter, Jumping to Conclusions (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)

Anakin Skywalker: She hardly even recognized me. I’ve thought about her every day since we parted. And she’s forgotten me completely.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: You’re focusing on the negative, Anakin. Be mindful of your thoughts. She was pleased to see us.

7. Mindfulness

Qui-Gon Jinn: Don’t center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: But Master Yoda said I should be mindful of the future.

Qui-Gon Jinn: But not at the expense of the moment.

8. Normalizing Difficult Emotions (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

Padmé Amidala: To be angry is to be human.

9. Reframing (Motivational Interviewing)

Padmé Amidala: All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.

10. Wise Mind (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Luke Skywalker: How am I to know the good side from the bad?

Yoda: You will know when you are calm. At peace, passive.