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Helping Anxious Clients Find Strength and Purpose During COVID-19

By Norman Cotterell, PhD In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.- Albert Camus Walt, a 34-year-old accountant, was sheltering in place in accordance with governmental directives as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. He was ostensibly safe. But it felt as if the walls were closing in on him; he knew that he would experience a distressing level of anxiety—and he…
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Value-Focused Treatment in CBT for Depression

By Dr. Robert Hindman, PhD Laura, one of my clients diagnosed with depression, started treatment by saying, “I just don’t feel good enough to do anything.” Laura had decided to start cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with me after seeing a traditional supportive therapist for about two years without experiencing the improvement she desired. I asked Laura what her previous therapy focused on. She said, “We were trying to figure out…
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The Road to Freedom: CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA In Part One of this two-part piece focused on CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use, I discussed my past personal reservations about working with clients of this type and the strategies I used to counteract my own related automatic negative thoughts. In this post, I’d like to share the story of a particularly remarkable client who benefited from CBT techniques and the way…
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Difficult Rewards: Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA Many therapists tell me that they don’t want to work with clients who have chronic pain, particularly clients who rely on opioids to manage their pain. They cite the complexities of understanding the cases, the attitudes of the clients, and poor outcomes as reasons to avoid working with these cases when there is an abundance of other “easier” cases with which to work. To…
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Military & Veteran Suicide Prevention and Motorcycles

By Sarah Fleming, BA, PR Specialist I recently had the honor of traveling to Wrightsville Beach, NC, to meet a special group of Beck Institute donors. Each year, the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Jacksonville, NC Chapter, organizes a fundraiser for our Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Fund-- a special scholarship fund that Beck Institute created to provide training scholarships for clinicians who treat active duty military, veterans, and their…
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