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Seven Steps for Anger

CBT for Anger By Norman Cotterell, PhD Anger is built on expectations. We expect people to treat us fairly and they don’t.  We expect children to respect the wishes of their elders and they don’t. We expect the government to have our needs at heart and it doesn’t. Each time there is a gap between expectation and reality, anger is more than willing to fill in that gap.  Each time someone…
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Children’s Emotional Buckets

Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Youth by Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D. Imagine yourself lowering a ladle into a bucket of cool water to scoop out a drink. If the bucket is full, you can probably take a ladleful without much of a negative impact. However, taking a scoop from a mostly-empty bucket may cause you to uncomfortably scrape the sides and leave very little behind. Knowing you’ll inevitably have to scoop…
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Conflicting Research on Dieting

Conflicting Research on Dieting By Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW Director, Beck Diet Programs A recent article published in the New York Times, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight,” details how most of the contestants on the television show, “The Biggest Loser,” regained much, if not all of the weight they had lost while on the show. The article also describes how the contestants’ metabolisms slowed down as…
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How to Know if Therapy is Working

In many cases, it’s difficult for clients to know whether they’re making progress because therapists do not necessarily state the goals and desired outcomes of therapy sessions. Clients may need to rely on their own global impressions. When clients are treated by cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) clinicians, though, they know how well therapy is working, because CBT therapists monitor progress each week by: evaluating clients’ symptoms measuring the occurrence of…
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