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Thinking About “Should” Statements

Thinking About “Should” Statements

“Should” statements often represent expectations and requirements…and can often precipitate depression and make it worse. As an example, depressive feelings can increase among individuals who believe “I should not feel depressed. I should be over these feelings already. I should be able to feel better.” When these “should” statements are consistent, they can […]

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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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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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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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