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
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
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
I’ve talked in several previous posts about how to get things done. I’ve gone over using small goals, using lists, and scheduling. Today, we’re going to talk about clearing your schedule.
Not right this instant, of course. No, wait, come back here! I have more to explain! I mean, yes, wash your face, especially if you haven’t yet. But, why would I label that as self-care or think it’s enough to make a post about? Because some days just getting out of bed is a challenge.… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Wash your face
While you’re feeling extra low and the usual skills aren’t giving you any relief, there’s one thing that is almost guaranteed to at least give you a break from your own headaches. Help someone, anyone, just reach out. When we step outside of ourselves and give a hand to the people around us, it breaks… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Help Someone
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that first formed in the 1960’s. Aaron T. Beck noticed that his patients seemed to have ongoing internal conversations with themselves, their thoughts were not controlled, and often had a strong impact on the patient. His goal was to empower patients to reframe their thoughts and responses,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy