Choose the Right Therapist For You – Part 2

You made the decision to start therapy, and you have a few therapists in mind. Maybe you looked at their websites, checked them out on social media, or talked to them on the phone.  How do you pick the right one? I believe the best therapists are good listeners first of all. The therapist will indicate with her body language...[ read more ]

Choose the Right Therapist for You

You've made the decision to start therapy. Now, how do you find the right therapist for you? Of course, you will choose one who is licensed and qualified and who maintains ethical standards.  Your friends or family may offer you names of therapists they trust. You may have a list from your insurance provider or from online directories such as...[ read more ]

What in the World is CPT?

CPT is short for cognitive processing therapy, a form of therapy used specifically for clients with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). CPT is an evidence-based cognitive therapy like ACT and CBT.  It usually lasts about 12 sessions. In CPT the therapist will first provide information about PTSD. She will then use questioning and dialogue to help you discover and change the...[ read more ]

What in the World is SFBT?

SFBT sounds like a tongue-twister (Say it three times quickly!) but it really stands for solution-focused brief therapy, another evidence-based therapy.  In SFBT you will focus on your goals, not on the past, and not on problems or symptoms. The therapist will collaborate with you to help you find what works.  You may have skills you have successfully used before,...[ read more ]

What in the World is CBT?

In my last blog I told you about ACT, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. CBT stands for cognitive behavioral therapy. Both these therapies are research based and can be traced back to behavior therapy. (Remember Skinner?)The behavior therapist would help you change your behaviors so that you can obtain relief. The cognitive therapist adds the thinking component because your thoughts...[ read more ]

What in the World is ACT?

CBT, SFBT, ACT - What  in the world are all these acronyms in therapy? Knowing a little about what is involved in therapy can help you choose a therapist you feel comfortable with. In my next few blogs I will give you a quick introduction to a few types of therapy and let you know how you can learn more...[ read more ]

I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2

In my last blog, I stated that I don't make New Year's Resolutions and that I like to try new activities instead.  I hope you had a chance to try out something new since then!  I also said that I have another alternative to resolutions.  I will share that idea in this blog. Although it is already February, it's not...[ read more ]

I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Starting in December every year, I read and hear about resolutions every day. By early January, the talk is about how to keep them.  Now I see articles about what to do when you break them.  I finally learned to ignore all of this (most of the time). Resolutions just don’t work for me.  I used to make them, break...[ read more ]

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