Category Archives: cognitive therapy

Turning the Mind, Fighting Worries

Sometimes I forget to put things here because they seem very basic to me, but then I go over them with a client and I realize that while they may be very basic and simple to learn, they are not … Continue reading

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Luxury Problems? Compared to What?

People who have been exposed to the world of AA & other 12-step programs will be familiar with these phrases. Let’s focus on the first one first. Frequently, someone who is relatively new to recovery will start talking about how … Continue reading

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Your Self-Concept Is Out of Date

For those of you who follow this blog, bless you. I have been quite busy, but have a backlog of topics that I hope to discuss. One really interesting one is a somewhat technical article on the difference between grief, … Continue reading

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I Can’t Cope!

How many times has someone said that to me! I know the feeling, too. We all have times when we feel like we can’t cope. Everything seems to be going wrong– relationships, work, health–  you name it. And to top everything … Continue reading

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There’s No such Thing as “Self-Sabotage”

A quick look around the web will find a plethora of articles, blog posts and helpful tips all about self-sabotage, but I want to suggest that there really is no such thing. This is a new idea for me, and … Continue reading

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At War With Reality (not heavy metal)

While the title may sound provocative, the reality that it is about is  somewhat cerebral. What I’m thinking about is the cognitive distortion known as “should” statements. In cognitive therapy, telling yourself “I shoulda done the other thing,” or I … Continue reading

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Advancing in a Different Direction

Sometimes life seems like a battle– and sometimes it seems like a losing battle, at that. We all have times when we get discouraged. A historical example of a time which may have seemed like a losing battle to a lot … Continue reading

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