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Guest Blog: The Four Pieces of Your Internal Balance…

Guest Blog: The Four Pieces of Your Internal Balance…

Do you find that you are constantly trying to fight away sadness or low self worth? Do you depend on others to make you feel good, frequently finding yourself in an unhealthy relationship or attracted to the “bad” boy or girl? Maybe it is time you take […]

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How Can I Actively Challenge My Beliefs? Cognitive Therapy Can Help…

How Can I Actively Challenge My Beliefs? Cognitive Therapy Can Help…

In many cases, depression actually is the result of habitual negative (automatic) thoughts. When bad things happen, we begin chastising ourselves with thoughts such as: I’m no good, I’m a total failure or Nothing ever goes my way. Our feelings follow what we are thinking, and negative thoughts like these can […]

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Living In The Present Moment…

Living In The Present Moment…

Many of my clients tell me that they often feel overwhelmed in their present lives. They feel that they are constantly focused on the past or the future, and are unable to process what is happening in the present. Many clients seem to easily forget that they […]

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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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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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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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