In a CBT session the focus is on a target area. How a patient thinks, feels, and reacts to a situation or thought is causing problems in their life. There may be multiple target areas, but usually only one is addressed in each session. The first step in CBT is to address core beliefs about… Read More Therapy Tuesday: CBT – Core Beliefs
Did you know that there are thousands of quotes about taking responsibility for your own life? Each one points out that the only person responsible for you, who can save you, who can get you where you want to go, is you. I know, when we’ve been wounded, we want to point at the person… Read More Motivational Monday: Take Responsibility
How many times have we, any of us, found ourselves spiraling into anxiety and depression because we expect ourselves to attain perfection? This is common among people who were considered “gifted” as children, writers, artists, public figures, and so many more. It’s because our society never gave us permission to fail, to learn from not… Read More Soothing Sunday: Give yourself permission to suck.
Instead of giving a new self-care idea today, I’m going to target a group of people who are notorious for not taking care of themselves: Men.
I’ve had a frustrating realization, and I decided to share it with everyone here. My reason for it isn’t to garner sympathy, but to show how I use the skills I write about. This post may be long, and I’ll put a TRIGGER WARNING here that I’m going to be discussing the ways depression and… Read More Freeform Friday: My battle with depression
It’s such an obvious thing, isn’t it? If you’re having trouble with anxiety or depression, find a therapist. Don’t ask me why, even for those of us who have successfully used therapists in the past, it’s not the first thing we think of. What I’ve learned is that it’s sometimes quite a bit harder than… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Find a therapist
I never dreamed I’d be a plotter. The very idea of an outline made my head hurt and erased the desire to write a single word. Now… now I am a plotter. At least for Half-Life of a Soul.
CBT focuses on helping people who struggle with thoughts, feelings, and actions that are unhelpful. That’s a broad group, I realize. When I say “unhelpful” it means things you wish you didn’t do, thoughts that won’t go away, acting in ways that deliver results opposite what you wanted, and so on. It’s still a very… Read More Therapy Tuesday: CBT – The focus area
It doesn’t matter how much we want to achieve a certain goal, everyone has a barrier to it. Sometimes it’s a speed bump, at other times it’s an entire mountain range. Every so often you’ll find a speed bump that feels like a mountain, too. Recognizing those barriers can sound depressing, and even demoralizing. The… Read More Motivational Monday: Recognize your barriers
The Command Center went out yesterday with the backstory for Half-Life of a Soul in it, right on schedule. And straight into everyone’s spam folders. Yeah, that was about the reaction I had. “What? There is no way I marked myself as spam.” I checked with a friend, knowing she didn’t, and sure enough, she… Read More Newsletter Update/Sneak Peek!