Emotional Wellness for Positive Living
8 Ways to Finally “Get Over It” and Get On with Your Life!
Original article on stevenaitchison.co.uk. “My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind before you can move on.” – Forrest Gump Forrest Gump seemed to have learned a lesson that many smarter and more accomplished people have not. Despite the fact that we all know that life never gave us a guarantee that… Read More »
Are you an active listener… or do you just hear?
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com. One of the most valuable lessons that my clients have found useful over the years is learning the art of active listening. All too often, when people think of being a good communicator, they think of having good verbal skills. However, much of healthy communication is knowing how to listen …… Read More »
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Technique: The Observing Self
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com. Do you ever focus on looking AT your thoughts rather than FROM your thoughts? If so, you are practicing one of the cornerstones of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy developed by Dr. Stephen Hayes. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, combines CBT principles with mindfulness techniques. In a process called Cognitive… Read More »
Using a Calming Box for Self-Soothing and Emotional Regulation
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com. As a therapist, I have always been a big fan of offering my clients “hands on” practical strategies that can help them self-soothe immediately in times of anger and emotional distress. I refer to these self-soothing boxes by names such as a Calming Box or Coping Skills Toolbox. Self-soothing boxes are… Read More »
Are You Highly Happy? 10 Simple Tips and Quick Quiz
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com. How happy are you? Have you noticed that some people who seem to have so much in life would hardly describe themselves as happy, while others who seem to have so little feel happy with their lives and themselves? Truly, happiness is an inside job! Yes, some of us have wiring… Read More »
CBT Technique: Using the Triple Column Technique to Change Your Thoughts To Change Your Life!
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com. One of the cornerstones of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is to help individuals identify their negative and irrational ways of thinking. Cognitive Errors, also known as Cognitive Distortions, are unhealthy thinking habits that lead to most common mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. The concept of Cognitive… Read More »
Three Self-Esteem Boosting Tips and Activities
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com It has never failed to amaze me in my many years as a therapist that no matter what type of problem a client presents – whether it be depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or stress management issues, the crux of the problems almost invariably lies in the shadow of low self-esteem. Self-esteem… Read More »
Learn to Forgive: 10 Tips and Quick Quiz
One of the most difficult burdens that weigh heavily on many of us is being weighed down by bitterness and grudges. Sometimes we see the tormenter as no one other than ourselves, and we get emotionally paralyzed by self-blame and guilt, crippling self-esteem and limiting optimism about the future. Lacking forgiveness for the wrongs committed… Read More »
Therapeutic Use of Metaphors
Original article on pro.psychcentral.com Did you ever use a rubber band with clients to make a point? A magnifying glass? How about a carnival toy finger trap … or a visualization of monsters on a bus? Each of these can serve as an example of therapeutic metaphors. Metaphors reach us in a way that unlocks… Read More »