What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Five Steps in Forming Irrational Beliefs

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
Most of our core beliefs about the world are not based on rational and conscious choices.

There Is No Real Therapy Without Assessment

Therapy is ongoing assessment and assessment is ongoing case formulation.

From Panic to Peace

Do you struggle with anxiety? Smalls steps and simple approaches can make a big difference in how you experience it.
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Igniting the Spark

Five ways to get you back on track to motivation and commitment to take the steps you need to take. Move forward!

Four Tools to Stress-Proof Your Parenting Brain

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Singletons
How to get the stress related to your children under control and keep sane and calm during the parenting journey

Will New Brain Research Revolutionaize Mental Health Care?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Can therapy rewire your brain? Can brain differences predict therapy outcomes? Can brain differences diagnose psychological disorders?

The Bad Advice Fearful Fliers Are Exposed To

Anxious fliers are not helped by statistics that only one plane in 11 million crashes. They imagine what it was like to be on the one that crashed.

Battling Your Inner Dragons

Some people get up and go to work. Other people have to fight a dragon to get there. Or a series of dragons—the dragons of depression or anxiety.

How You Can Use Self-Talk to Step Forward

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in All about Anxiety
“Whatever it takes, I’m going to finish this.” When you face a daunting task, that message doesn’t instruct you; it encourages you to push through resistance and continue on.

Resilience: Saying Yes to Life

How the right attitude can become a powerful resilience strategy.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: See a Different Point of View

Our appreciation of ways in which thoughts can affect feelings and behaviors has evolved. It allows us to show love through appreciating each other's point of view.

Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

Three ways people try to manipulate us. Watch out for these common logical fallacies.

7 Stories You May Tell Yourself Invariably Arouse Anger

What fables might you tell yourself that increase your vulnerability to anger? Recognizing them and cultivating more realistic narratives is a potent pathway for healthy anger.

What Business Are Therapists (Really) In?

Is your therapist doing therapy?

Who’da Thunk It?

Turn negative emotions off at the tap.

The Optimism Challenge: Specific Strategies

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Boundless
Here are a few strategies for moving into a more optimistic frame of mind.

Can Talking Cure? And If so, How?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What we talk about when we talk about talk therapy.
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Hey Doc, I'm Not Crazy! - Part I

Ever wonder why your primary care physician referred you to a psychologist? This may provide some insight.

Research Suggests a Cure for Neuroticism

High levels of neuroticism are associated with feelings of anxiety, worry, and a general tendency to fret. New research suggests a way to tame these unpleasant emotions.

How to Address 7 of the Most Unhelpful Beliefs About Sleep

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Bad sleep opens the door for thoughts that only make sleep worse. Find out what some of the most troubling thoughts are, and how to fix them.

I Have Cancer; Do I Need to See a Therapist, Too?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
When cancer's emotional and physical pain makes one feel defective or alone, a place to find support, compassion, and build coping skills has the potential to go a long way.

Happiness Tool 2: Cultivate Enlightened Tolerance

With the perspective of Enlightened Tolerance, one can pursue happiness, even under adverse circumstances.
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The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality

What psychotherapy has the best outcome in the treatment of BPD?
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered Part 4

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
While many patients are using medical cannabis to treat insomnia, and research progress is being made, there is much that needs to be done to insure efficacy and safety.

27 Facts About the Best Ways to Treat Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Depression is a common and highly impairing condition that often requires professional treatment. Find out what the research shows about what works and what doesn't.

Benzodiazepines: The Danger Lurking in the Shadow of Opiates

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A Quick and Painless Way to Manage Social Anxiety

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An App for Recovery from Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 27, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
A new idea for an app to provide a structure for recovery from anorexia – without total calorie counts or bodyweight targets.