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5 Myths About CBT Even Trained Psychologists Fall For.

I have had several workshops on CBT. With interactions, I can say that as much as the participant know about the importance of CBT. There are a lot of myths that are encircling CBT. I am not covering all of them in the following article. Five big Myths that I see very prevalent and needs to be addressed.MYTH 1 – Only specialists can deliver CBT.   Of course, the development of CBT was initially made for depression. It focused very much on clinical aspects of psychotherapy. It was also developed as a face-to-face conversation between the client and therapist. It …

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How Psychology Can Help Us Be Healthy.

“We almost always have choices, and the better the choice, the more we will be in control of our lives.” William Glasser Tweet Choices are complex. Choices are simple. Choices are irresponsible. Choices are impulsive. Choices are deliberate. Choices are designed. Let’s see how and what can be done when we are about to choose. Choice architecture helps us make better choices. Also helps in reducing the amount of strain on our thinking. Choice architecture refers to how our environment is designed to influence the choices we make. Today when you are bombarded with choices. You are about to take action, …

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The changing Role of Teachers. From Mentor to Psychotherapist.

Teachers as Mentors

Mentor. coach. Counselor. Psychotherapist. Teachers. In this world where knowledge is free. Information is easily accessible to everyone who has an internet connection. The new role of teacher is diverse. The teacher is a First Psychotherapist. Of course, the situation currently for teachers is not very relevant. Definitely this can be an opportunity to upgrade. From teachers to a new level of mentors and lifestyle coaches. Now by this, I don’t mean you to be self-help, Guru. What I mean is to learn evidence-based therapies. In this adverse situation to get started with what has worked. So that you are …

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We Have Not Tried Everything. ACT your Way out.

There are different ways to catch monkeys. In the small villages of India, there is an interesting way to catch monkeys. A box with thin slit opening is a trap. Big enough for the monkey to insert his hands in the slit. But not enough for him to grab something make it a fist and get hands out of the slit. Inside the box, they keep groundnuts or something that the monkey likes. That is it. This is a perfect trap. The monkey comes sees the groundnuts tries to grab the groundnuts. But is unable to take out his fist. …

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How to defuse the dark cloud of thoughts with ACT.

  Thoughts can be dark. They can cloudy. They are capable of hooking. One of the assumptions that can be seen across all the different types of cultures. Even at the core of most of the empirically supported treatments and psychotherapies. The assumption is that to live a better life or a meaningful life we should get our thoughts in a line. Always think most empirical and pragmatic. Get rid of our Doubts if any. And always be level headed. Most Cognitive-behavioral therapy makes heavy use of cognitive restructuring. The strategies that thought must change. This in turn, will change emotion …

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How The Pursuit Of Happiness Is Killing Us Softly.

                                                                                                         Have you seen those large hoardings? A big happy family. With a smile on every member’s face. And a big bottle of carbonated drink next to them. Well, that is happiness. Society is trying to define what is happiness for us. Particularly how bad it is if you’re …

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What is ACT? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Made Simple.

Do you feel negative emotions? Of course, you do. What do you do when you feel them?. The feeling of anxiety or depression is not comfortable. We want to run away from the feeling. We try to change it, manipulates it, push it away, or try to run away from the experience of that particular emotion. Most of our therapies have been about changing our thoughts. Changing or creating a replacement of thought. This would help us to manage our thoughts and emotions better for a long time. Of course, they have been helpful and have evidence. They are successful …

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The Third Wave Of Therapies. How To Surf The New Wave.

It is splashing. It is grotesque & roaring. Yet, it is here to stay and not ebb. I wouldn’t be surprised to find these chapters in the next edition of “Basics and Beyond” by Judith Beck. A chapter on values, one on context and of-course integration of BCT with mindfulness. Beck’s Cognitive Therapy(BCT) and Ellis’s REBT has been the second wave of therapies. Most of it. BCT &REBT are adaptive therapies. The second wave therapies have always been adaptive. Above all, they have added a lot of functions and processes from other therapies. If you go a little in the …

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What to look for in a Psychology Internship.

During the Online Psychology Internships

Internship is a catalyst. They Transform practice.  Especially when they are about people. They can be a sea change in the personality of the counselor with how they perceive internship. Internships are boring. They are full of menial work. Repetitive and mundane. Hoever, this is past. These are times of change. So is the structure of internships is changing. Now they are learning experience. Obviously depending on where you do the Internship.  At an uninteresting organization, it can be a struggle. See that your internship is a blend of practice and learning. very less menial work.          …

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