The Best on Stress & Stress Management

To find out more about cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), watch this video… The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Stress…

What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

These 3-minute animations describe a very effective therapy – a new branch of CBT.

How we change our brain – in minutes

Anderson Cooper demonstrates how we all can use our minds to change our brains – also known as ‘neuroplasticity.’

Your Brain – A Work in Progress

Our brains aren’t fully developed until our early 20’s. That has huge implications for therapy as an adult. Click on the title for more.

Using CBT to change your brain

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) began as a proven treatment for Depression and has since become the proven first-line treatment of choice for many other issues. Click on title for entire list of conditions.

Mindfulness Works!

Learning to be ‘mindful’ is a key skill for improving well-being … even with just 8 minutes of daily practice. Try it out here with Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s briefly guided simple practice.

Couples Therapy: EFT

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has the best empirical support for good outcomes for couples. This video, presented by Dr. Sue Johnson, the founding scientist, explains the process involved. In the Washington DC area, I recommend that you look at this site to find “Certified EFT therapists” near you. And, you can find out more on Dr. Johnson’s site about EFT.  There’s a FIND a THERAPIST tab at the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Therapy.

Minding Our Brain

Even healthy people repeat undesirable behavior. Many of us go through life on autopilot – just doing what comes naturally, despite the fact we keep hurting ourselves and others. 

Neuroscientists tell us that the best way to ‘manage autopilot’ – the automatic parts of our brain – is to use our ‘wise’ minds. That is, we can apply a set of scientifically proven self-care strategies and skills to improve our lives.

Modern ‘brief’ psychotherapy can help you learn how to manage a disorder, like Depression, or a habit that’s become a nagging vicious cycle. 

About Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on Dr. Aaron Beck’s theory that our automatic thoughts about situations largely influence how we react – emotionally,  physically, and behaviorally. Sometimes those automatic thoughts are not exactly true, but we act as if they are. In CBT, people learn to be mindful in the moment and identify what’s true and what’s not. Usually, this results in significantly decreased distress.

Often when we behave in self-defeating patterns, automatic thoughts are fueled by automatic beliefs (about ourselves, others, & the world) that aren’t exactly true either. In CBT, when people modify their underlying beliefs (to be more accurate), they’re even able to change lifelong disturbing characteristic ways of behaving.

The goal is to teach people to learn how to identify, evaluate, and modify these patterns themselves. That’s why CBT can be relatively brief, compared to traditional therapies. People can learn to be their own best therapist.

Can You Learn Hope and Optimism?

Research clearly indicates that even the most die-hard pessimist can learn, using CBT, to use an optimistic explanatory style … and reap the benefits of a longer, healthier, and more satisfying life.

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