Encouraging Courage: Helping Parents Raise Brave Kids

Families with anxious children often come to treatment with an expectation that therapy may focus on ways to help their child to be more brave, strong, and curious about the world. Parents are often surprised to learn how much their own behavior may also contribute to helping their child build these skills!

Values Can Be an Antidote to Suicide

James was a 53-year old firefighter debilitated by depression who saw suicide as a way out.  Prior to his first episode of depression, he was able to work full time, support his wife and family, and fulfill his obligations.

Meanings, Motivation & Affect

When individuals approach a task that seems formidable and challenging, clinicians can influence the meanings attached to the task by being supportive and encouraging.

What is Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)?

Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is a treatment approach designed to promote empowerment, recovery, and resiliency in individuals with serious mental health conditions.

Non-Suicidal Self-Harm: Conceptualization and a Clinical Intervention

Most people who engage in NSSI experience intense shame related to self-harm. Most have had the experience of being harshly judged for their behavior. As a result, they fear that they’ll be rejected if they disclose their NSSI.

Goal-Setting Part 2: Follow-up after a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck

Read feedback from a recent workshop participant. She implemented techniques she learned during a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck.

“Hey doc, are you in recovery too?”

Patients sometimes express curiosity about their therapists by asking them personal questions. When treating patients who suffer from alcohol and other substance use disorders, it is not uncommon for therapists to be on the receiving end of questions such as, “Are you in recovery too?” or “Have you ever used [insert name of substance]?” or “Haven’t you ever binge-drank?”

Health Anxiety and Interoceptive Exposure

When a client of mine, Adam, was 22, he received the following diagnosis during a routine physical: elevated liver enzymes. He thought, “Oh my God, I’m going to die.” It was later revealed that the lab results were in error, but as he reported to me ten years later: “This catapulted me into heath anxiety.”

You Believe in Me

Years ago I asked many of the individuals whom I treated.  “What accounted for your improvement in treatment?” Not infrequently, instead of attributing their improvement to the therapeutic strategies, they would often reply “You believed in me.”