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Category Archives: CBT


Negative thinking leads to depression and vice versa, which increases risk of recurrent and chronic depression.  Growing evidence suggests the brain forms biochemical “scars” so that even normal events and emotions disproportionately trigger negative thoughts. On their own, thoughts come Read more…


Resolutions, goals, intentions – whatever you call them – it’s that time of year when some of us try again.  A University of Scranton psychologist reports almost half of Americans write resolutions most years.  Some achieve lasting change; many don’t. Read more…


In my last blog, I talked about what gets in the way of self-compassion and shared a link to test how self-compassionate you are.  Since then, I have done more reading and thinking about how to cultivate self-compassion and the Read more…


Most of us are fairly good at living by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” at least as it relates to those closest to us. Ironically, most of us are not so good at showing Read more…


There’s lots of talk about resilience these days and just as many questions about what it is, the characteristics of resilient individuals and whether and to what extent it can be learned. The experience of “stressful” or “traumatic” events doesn’t Read more…


Stopping to check the facts in the heat of the moment takes intentional and practiced effort. The more emotionally aroused we become, the more likely we over-interpret or misinterpret the facts of the situation.  When we do this, we run Read more…


Sometimes it’s easiest to understand what a skill is when we know what it is not.  Validation is one of those skills. When I think of invalidation, there’s a scene in the Robert Altman movie, Prairie Home Companion that sticks in Read more…


Your thoughts are just thoughts. They have no meaning other than the meaning you give to them. You are not the sum of your thoughts. Your thoughts do not define who you are. They are fleeting, here one moment, gone Read more…


A couple of blogs ago, I talked about the five options our clients (and we) have when confronted with a problem. We can: Solve the problem in whole or part Change the way we think and feel about it Radically Read more…

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