318 – Brain Switch

Turning Reactivity into Equanimity
Kate Cohen-Posey

You may be excited about cutting-edge advances in brain research, but do you know how to translate them into practical methods that may reduce clients’ resistance, transform deeply disturbing emotions, and reinforce treatment interventions? Clients can be taught to locate hidden strengths and dissolve distress by activating their brains’ reward centers. In this workshop, we’ll use tools developed from memory reconsolidation and Polyvagal Theory. You’ll explore:

  • How to regulate sensations from disturbing emotions
  • How to externalize negative thoughts with your clients
  • The power of visual images to externalize distress and enhance attunement
  • Ways to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches into a three-step, brain-based protocol that can be used with diverse populations and ages


Kate Cohen-Posey, LMHC, LMFT, is the director of Lakeland Counseling Services in Florida. She’s the creator of two psychotherapy tools, The Handy Brain Model and Brain Change Cards, and is the author of several books, including Empowering Dialogues Within.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kate Cohen-Posey receives compensation as Director of Psychiatric and Psychological Services. She receives royalties as an author from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ms. Cohen-Posey receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Kate Cohen-Posey is a member of the Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA); and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).

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