The Search For the Right Therapist

Working with a therapist means starting a relationship based on vulnerability. It means getting to know someone who, starting out as a stranger, may quickly know some of the most intimate details of your life. This is not a decision that many people are willing to take lightly. I am frequently in the position to […]

Calming Breath: It’s All About the Exhale

I have a ridiculously sensitive startle reflex that has made me the butt of jokes for many years. Every coworker, family member, and friend has at some point accidentally startled me. I even joke with new coworkers that they haven’t finished their orientation until they’ve made me jump. It’s just one of my quirks. One […]

Stepping Out for OCD

On June 9th, 2018, friends, family and mental health professionals gathered with those experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to walk in solidarity and raise awareness of OCD. The One Million Steps 4 OCD walk, coordinated by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), is now in its sixth year as a national event. This is the second […]

The Anxious Mind

Racing heart. Knots in the stomach. Trouble focusing. Sweaty palms. Regardless of the cause, these symptoms of anxiety are a nearly universal part of life. Almost everyone can relate to feeling this way at some point, but why? What is the purpose of anxiety, aside from making us uncomfortable? Like all parts of human anatomy […]

Mind Reading: Three ways we guess wrong

“I know what you’re thinking!” Are you sure? We’ve probably all been on both the giving and receiving end of this common flaw in logic. Sometimes it’s easier to notice it when others direct it toward us. Starting a sentence with, “You must think…” is an almost guaranteed way to get someone to disagree with […]

1 Million Steps 4 OCD

I’ve heard the argument that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most difficult mental illnesses to live with. Imagine feeling intense anxiety over things that most people never think about, then believing you have to go to extreme lengths to make that feeling go away. Now imagine doing that while knowing that the […]

Introducing: the Behavioral Sleep Solutions Program

Over the years as a cognitive behavioral therapist, I’ve worked with numerous clients who are struggling with sleep. At first they start the conversation with, “I’m really upset about an argument with my spouse,” or “I’m here because I want to stop being so anxious.” Sleep is not the first thing on their mind when […]

Mind Tricks: Cognitive Distortions

One of the main components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is learning to recognize flaws in our thinking, or cognitive distortions. If you’ve ever looked at yourself in a funhouse mirror, you may already know more about cognitive distortions than you realize. When you see yourself in that mirror, is that really you? Are those […]

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) differs from the the stereotype of talk therapy. Unlike many traditional talk therapies, CBT is designed to be a short-term process focused on learning skills to practice and apply. It combines awareness of unhelpful or inaccurate thinking with individually tailored practice work. Though everyone is different and some will take longer […]

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