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Archive for October, 2011

Self-Esteem Improvement Tips

Self-esteem can be a confusing term…and I often work with my clients to carefully boil down what it means to them. Self-esteem simply means accepting and appreciating yourself for who you are…faults and all! Individuals with a healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves for who […]

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So…What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?!

So…What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?!

Marriage and Family Therapists (“MFTs”) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. Marriage and family therapists are a highly experienced group of practitioners.They evaluate and […]

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Recognizing Depressive Thinking

Recognizing Depressive Thinking

(Please note, this Blog post has been adapted from a passage from the Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression, Chapter 4) During the course of a normal day, we think thousands of thoughts…maybe even tens of thousands. The Psychologist William James used the term “stream of consciousness” to […]

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Who Am I? Thinking About Identity…

Who Am I? Thinking About Identity…

From our earliest days on this planet, we are continually influenced by our surroundings. Although each of us comes into this world with an inherent personality and body type, for the most part (I believe) we are molded by our environment and surroundings. I often work with […]

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Self-Acceptance

Self-Acceptance

Today I started to think about the topic of self-acceptance. It’s important to remember to try to accept yourself…and remember that you are not just the size of your bank account, the neighborhood you live in or what you do from 9:00am – 5:00pm (or later!) during […]

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The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience

Buddhist teachings tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Take a moment to think about how you really feel when you’re angry. Often when we feel anger in a given situation, we want to seek out some sort of resolution. It is not […]

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Taking on Responsibility…Without Taking On Too Much

Taking on Responsibility…Without Taking On Too Much

As adults, we have been trained over the course of our lifetimes that when something needs to be done, it is our job to step in and roll up our sleeves. To take charge. To get busy. The famous Nike slogan tells us to “Just Do It.” […]

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Identifying Barriers to Change…

Identifying Barriers to Change…

If you’re like me, and most other people, there are things in your life that you wish were different and would like to change for the better. Although you may have had the best intentions to change in the past, for some reason you have not been […]

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Methods for Gaining Self-Composure (My Top Chill Out Tips)

Methods for Gaining Self-Composure (My Top Chill Out Tips)

Many of us have difficulty controlling our responses in pressure-filled, stressful situations. Here are some helpful tips to help you find peace and calm even in the midst of madness! I like to call these my top “chill out” tips. Read on and let the calming begin… […]

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Cognitive Distortions: Take Time to Think About Your Thinking!

Cognitive Distortions: Take Time to Think About Your Thinking!

Quite often, many of my clients forget to slow things down, and think about their thoughts. I know it sounds strange…but sometimes our mind convinces us of things that aren’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts (or cognitive distortions) are quite common and are used to reinforce negative […]

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