DescriptionFinding Balance: Exploring Dualities in Therapy and Counseling
Emotionally charged dichotomies can be examined in therapy and used to propel growth. Improvements in self-esteem, motivation, and mood can result from the positive resolution of cognitive dualities.
These themes allow the therapist the opportunity to elicit and challenge cognitive blocks, distortions, and resistances in all spheres of the client’s daily life. The resolution of larger philosophical conundrums may allow for emotional resolution at an individual level.
In this free one-credit course, Dr. Kirsten Bradbury explores the concept of dualities in counseling and therapy and provides ways of integrating the examination of dialectics and dualities into your practice.
This course is appropriate for psychologists, counselors, and other mental health professionals of all levels of professional experience. Finding Balance: Exploring Dualities in Therapy and Counseling provides one hour of credit toward the continuing cultural competency requirement for Licensed Psychologists in Texas.
- Define Dialectics and Dialectical Thinking
- Identify at least three therapeutic uses or clinical indications for dialectics
- Describe Linehan’s wise-mind construct for integrating the head/heart duality
- Name at least three dualities that can be used to help clients integrate previously rejected or unrecognized aspects of themselves
- Explore acceptance/change, a classic therapeutic duality employed in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and other therapeutic systems
Primary Course Leader(s)
TPCE Director & Instructor
Dr. Bradbury started her career in psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her undergraduate studies in 1992. She went on to obtain her M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. She served as an intern and postdoctoral fellow at the Emory University School of Medicine for two years. Dr. Bradbury was awarded the Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Award for Injury Prevention Research from the American Psychological Association in the award’s inaugural year.