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The Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Establishing A Sense of Care, Trust, and Understanding

By Cory Newman, PhDBeck Institute Faculty Part of establishing a constructive therapeutic relationship with an individual diagnosed with bipolar disorder is providing psychoeducation about the illness and its treatment in a way that invites their input. As such, the therapist’s words sound like they are coming from a place of partnership rather than from authority, and in a spirit of mutual education, rather than the mere unilateral delivery of information…

Responding to Stressors During Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

By Stefanie T. LoSavio, PhD Marcus was engaging in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to an accident he witnessed during his military service when the COVID-19 pandemic began. As we transitioned to telehealth, Marcus reported an increase in distress related to the pandemic.  Clients often experience stressful events during PTSD treatment, such as the death of a loved one or relationship discord. With everything going…

CBT for Substance Use During the COVID-19 Crisis: Part 2

In Part 2, Dr. Allen R. Miller, Director of CBT Programs, describes over twenty CBT techniques to use when working with people on recovery issues during the COVID-19 Crisis. As social isolation rules are relaxed and people working on recovery re-enter social situations, they are likely to encounter three major challenges – new urges to use drugs of choice, difficulty reigniting motivation, and new challenges in exchanges with other people. Different CBT…

CBT for Youth with Depression

By Jeremy Joves, BA, Courtney Giannini, BA, Hannah Toyoma, BA, Saige Portera, BA, Anika Mehta, BA, Samantha Honnert, MA and Robert Friedberg, PhD Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University The following article provides a summary of studies showing the impact of treating depression in youth with CBT, with and without accompanying medication. CBT has shown to be an effective and efficacious treatment modality…

Suicide Prevention During COVID-19

By Francine Broder, PsyD Suicide continues to increase in the United States and around the world (Hedegaard et al., 2020), and it is within this context that COVID-19 showed up. Risk factors associated with an increase in suicide, such as social isolation and an economic downturn, are front and center as we all grapple with how to adjust to living with a pandemic. Social distancing gives rise to closed businesses…