Self Esteem

Avoidant Coping is one of the main causes of out-of-control stress, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship problems, and eating issues. Avoidant coping is about trying to avoid experiencing painful thoughts, feelings, memories, or sensations....

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Giving Your Negative Self Talk a Name

May 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) technique that lots of my clients report finding very useful. Its helpful for identifying and diffusing your negative self talk. First, identify some of your negative self talk...

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This is one of my favorite tips for feeling calmer and more confident… …Try to catch yourself when you are avoiding something. There are two types of avoidant coping you need to catch. Type 1....

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This tip is from a surprising/unlikely source: international , New Zealand but I use it alot and lots of clients have really liked it. The tip is called the 80/20 principle. The idea (as it...

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When I meet new clients I often find that some of the ways they’ve been attempting to cope with their problems are likely to have been making their problems worse. In fact, its common that...

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One of the most useful things I learned from science training?… …is to pay attention to “disconfirming evidence”. Huh? Our brains have evolved to be very efficient but sometimes this efficiency leads us astray. Human...

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DIY Psychological Detective Challenge

February 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve previously written (e.g., here and here) about how people generally understand that their Thoughts/feelings impact their Behaviour But often fail to recognize how their Behaviour impacts their Thoughts/feelings In my experience, even very smart...

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A couple of months ago I wrote about Julie Powell – the real Julie from the Julie & Julia movie (you can read my earlier post here). Julie’s year long cooking project, and the blog...

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Behavioral Experiments CBT

October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

This post outlines how to do a simple behavioral experiment. Behavioral experiments are one of the most important types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques. Most people understand that their thoughts and emotions influence their behaviour....

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Quick Tip for Getting Out of a Bad Mood

October 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is a tip for when it seems like things keep going wrong. Try thinking of 3 or 4 things that went right in the last 24 hours. When people feel unhappy or stressed these...

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