Anxiety

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Schedule a Therapy Session with Yourself

August 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

You can try this even if you’ve never been to therapy… I typically give this tip to clients when they move from weekly appointments* to less frequent appointments: Keep your therapy appointment time but schedule...

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Example Mary notices herself feeling irritated when her brother in law gives her advice about how to do something she already knows how to do. She thinks: He must think I’m really stupid if he...

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Check out my article on OCD Symptoms for Psychology Today. This article… I thought I’d write a little bit about how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder develops. I hope people who don’t have OCD will be able...

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Helping Children and Teens with Depression or Anxiety Disorders is obviously a huge topic that I can’t cover in a blog post. However one of the things that parents can do (as a small but...

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One psychological model of self control is that it’s like a “mental muscle”. According to the model, self control – is “a limited resource” that gets depleted and functions less well after already used (in...

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Therapy for problems like addictions, eating disorders or even anxiety disorders, often utilizes a form of a pros and cons list called a Decisional Balance. A Decisional Balance involves a page divided into 4 quadrants....

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Here’s a basic explanation of emotion regulation development that I quite often give to clients. How people learn emotion regulation is that as children, at first, our parents regulate our emotions. For example, a child...

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How To REALLY Overcome Your Avoidant Coping

August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Here’s another technique to change avoidant emotion and behaviour patterns when logical thinking strategies aren’t enough. I’ll use a similar avoidant coping example to the one I used in my last post. Let’s say one...

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Generally, people can’t just think their way out of problems like depression, anxiety or self defeating behaviour patterns. People have emotional and behavioural responses that are stubbornly resistant to being changed by logical thought. The...

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Avoidant coping is about trying to avoid experiencing painful thoughts, feelings, memories, or sensations. Here are two types you should try to learn to recognize in yourself. Type 1. Avoiding situations. Type 2. Avoiding behaviours....

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