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Archive for November, 2011

Confronting Procrastination

Confronting Procrastination

Procrastination can be defined as an automatic habit pattern in which an individual needlessly puts off, postpones or delays relevant activity until another date or time in the future. In this mindset, you are likely to tell yourself that “later is better” or that you’ll get to the […]

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Everyone seems to be talking about evidence-based practice and the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“CBT”) these days…so I thought I would put together a post to review the basics of this form of treatment. CBT has become increasingly popular in recent years with both mental health consumers […]

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Dealing with Insecurity

Dealing with Insecurity

Human beings are like sponges…from the moment we are born, we take in information, and most of this information affects us on some level. Everything that we see, experience and decide molds our self-concept. We have all been hurt, disappointed or rejected at some point in our […]

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Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety

It is important to remember that some degree of worry can be a good thing, as it can help us avoid unreasonable risks. However, free-floating, constant anxiety can be paralyzing and at times quite difficult to manage.  Therapy and medication can be of help. I have provided some tips below which I often […]

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What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges from paying attention with purpose, in the present moment, and accepting things as they are from a non-judgmental viewpoint.  It is about paying attention to those aspects of life that we may take for granted or ignore in the hustle/bustle that […]

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Turning Negative Thinking Into Positive Goal Setting

Turning Negative Thinking Into Positive Goal Setting

Setting goals is an important part of my work with clients. By sharing the goal development process with a therapist, or even a close friend if you don’t work with a therapist, can serve a few valuable purposes…there is someone with you to bear witness to your announcement and […]

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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Somtimes it seems that blame is all around us. When something negative occurs, often people immediately seek to find who is “at fault.” In a depressive state of mind, clients sometimes blame themselves for feeling the way that they do. When excessive blaming continues without notice, it […]

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Core Beliefs, Rational Responses and Self-Esteem

Today I came across a quote which I thought was worth sharing, as it directly relates to the topic of self-esteem: respond “Letting circumstances or others determine worth gives them inappropriate control and power.” (Anonymous) It is important to recognize and replace self-defeating thoughts…having a sense of […]

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