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It’s Okay To Tell Your Therapist You Aren’t Happy With Therapy

Is therapy not working for you? Do you feel disappointed in how your therapist and you interact? Do you not seem to be getting to the root of your problems? Do you feel that something is missing?

Sometimes in these cases, patients don't know what to do except let therapy drag on until they find a new therapist. Or, they let the feelings of dissatisfaction build up until they reach the point of total frustration...
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Are Your Beliefs Holding You Back?

Your Belief System: The Longer-Shorter Path

In the last post, we focused on coping skills and strategies, which are the emotional scaffolding upon which your life reconstruction can begin.

In this post we'll discuss your general belief system. This may include beliefs about who you are, how much self-determination you believe you have, spirituality/religious beliefs, what your life is truly about, and so on. These are the foundation upon which your life actually rests.

A dysfunctional belief system is...
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Need Better Coping Skills? Therapy Can Help

Your Emotional Scaffolding: Developing Coping Skills
The systematic, yet personal approach that I believe really works is a combination of the use of proven treatment methods and the therapist’s techniques. Effective therapists primarily use proven treatment methods supported by their own studiously developed personal techniques.

Whenever possible (and that is the vast majority of the time), it's important for your therapist to first help you improve—or, if necessary, develop from scratch—your emotional scaffolding comprised of your coping skills...
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What Is Therapy, Really?

*Let's begin answering this essential question: What is therapy, really?

By definition, psychotherapy is “The treatment of mental or emotional problems by the use of techniques that are tailored to the unique problems and backgrounds of the individual and that may include talk therapy, behavioral modification, medication, and other treatments.”

The goal of psychotherapy is to help resolve an individual’s mental and emotional problems and, at the same time, teach that individual how to attain the...
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4 Steps To Creating Your Own Simple Self-Improvement Plan

Therapy with a treatment plan, that handy guide to setting and achieving your emotional and behavioral goals, holds the therapist and client to accountability and boosts the potential for positive change.

You can also make a self-improvement plan, something simple, easy to implement, and effective.

There is some similarity to the treatment plan you might use in therapy, except you can do this on your own (or with a friend, adviser, or even if you like,...
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Where Does Your Power Begin?

Finally, Reason In The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
From ScienceDaily a viewpoint that makes sense:
Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist.
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10 Best Holistic Mental Health Posts

Holistic health and medicine is a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the "whole person" is focused on, not just the malady itself.

Often called mind-body medicine, holistic medicine takes into account the spirit or soul, as well.

According to the individual viewpoint of the patient or the practitioner, the definition of "spiritual" as well as the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit or soul can be strikingly different.

An important factor in mental health treatment is the awareness, by...
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When A Patient Becomes Aggressive & Passive-Agressive Vs. Assertive

A therapist I supervise came to me with a case:

F. struggles with relationships and socializing.

The sensory processing and cognitive issues she's struggled with since childhood cause her to misunderstand or miss social cues. Therefore, her responses to people's words, gestures, or tone of voice often were often wildly inappropriate and misfire.

One of the biggest issues for her used to be her inability to read when someone was belittling or bullying her. Her social awkwardness made her an easy target.

With the guidance...
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8 Steps To Healthy Thoughts & Feelings

Your thoughts and feelings are not, as some suggest, your interface with reality.

They are your reality. 

That's why understanding that you can change your thoughts and feelings is so important, because once you believe you can change them, you give yourself the freedom to do so.

Gaining mastery over your thoughts and feelings changes your life.

Of course, this is easier said than done. 
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