By Julia Rubinshteyn, PhD.  The current pandemic has changed all aspects of our daily lives seemingly overnight. These changes can be accompanied by a great deal of stress. Perhaps you are a parent and are now juggling parenting/homeschooling and working from home. Perhaps you are an essential worker and you are experiencing fear related to contracting the virus from your work. Perhaps you are living alone and feeling lonely and isolated being physically separated from family, friends, and your community. Perhaps you are facing uncertainty about what the future holds. ...

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By Julia Rubinshteyn, PhDThe COVID-19 pandemic is causing all of us to change the waywe do things. Now that social distancing has become a part of our vocabularyand has changed our daily lives, you may be wondering how that will affecttherapy. Thankfully, technology allows us to use telehealth as a greatway to connect with clients who are unable to get to the office.Telehealth is a way to have therapy appointments usingvideoconferencing.  It is similar toFaceTime or Skype, but it uses a platform that is secure in order to protectyour privacy. ...

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In this YouTube video, Dr. Abraham Twerski discusses the importance of discomfort in facilitating growth. ...

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Many people have an internal voice that is harsh, rude, demanding and demeaning. Sometimes that voice has been around for years. Sometimes it’s been there since adolescence or even early childhood. Often people will acknowledge that they would never dream of speaking to a close friend (or even someone they dislike) the way they speak to themselves. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) helps you to notice the critical internal voice and see it for what it is: a habit, an old story, a pattern of responding. Sometimes this voice is driven by ...

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You may have heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a type of therapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. CBT helps people change problematic behavior and cope better with difficult thoughts and emotions. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of CBT that has been shown to be the most effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, along with medication. Research indicates that about 7 out of 10 people with OCD will benefit from ERP and/or a class of medications called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SRIs). ...

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CBT for Insomnia has been shown to be a very effective treatment for insomnia and consists of several different components. Treatment starts with an initial assessment to identify possible factors contributing to insomnia which often includes a sleep diary. After a full assessment, we will make a treatment plan together to help you attain your goals, which may include longer sleep, more restorative sleep, waking up less frequently, and feeling more rested during the day. Possible components of CBT-I that may be part of the treatment plan include: Stimulus Control ...

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