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Category: Anxiety

No matter where you live in the world, you may have strong emotions about the recent U.S. election.  Millions of those living in the United States have expressed intense frustration, anger, rage, disbelief, depression, despair, anxiety, fear, and pessimism.  Others feel joy and extreme optimism about the future now that Donald Trump has won. Today’s headlines about possible Russian interference in the election has stunned many people while others seemingly feel indifferent or complacent about that ominous possibility.  Another bombshell…

“Before we go any further,” Dr. Smelt says, “I want to tell you a bit about confidentiality.” “No need,” Fred interrupts, “I know that bull shit. You tell me you’re like a priest, but if the judge wants to know something, you’ll tell him. That’s the real world. All this stuff about confidentiality is a way for you to get me to spill my guts. But, I’m not telling you anything that could get me into more trouble with the…

Dr. Smelt continues (see Session 2.0) her explanation of how cognitive behavior therapy (also referred to as CBT) works, “I like to give a whimsical example of how your thoughts or perceptions of events powerfully influence the way you end up feeling about what happened to you. Let’s say that you walk out your front door one day on the way to work and you step on a freshly deposited mound of dog poop. What thoughts would come to your…

In our last blog, you met Dr. Patricia Smelt and her client, Kimberly. Dr. Smelt is trying to figure out what Kimberly wants out of therapy. She has detected a whiff of resistance. Dr. Smelt’s last question was, “So, if we asked your boyfriend what he thinks you need from coming here, what do you think he’d say?” Let’s see what happens next. Kimberly hesitates and rubs her forehead, “I guess he might say I need to work on my…

Dr. Patricia Smelt is a clinical psychologist. Actually, she’s fictional, and represents a composite of Dr. Laura Smith and Dr. Charles Elliott (clever, eh?). We decided to make Dr. Smelt female for no particularly good reason although a majority of new psychologists nowadays are, in fact, female. Dr. Smelt has had a total of 25 years of clinical experience and has special expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy. She is well respected in the mental health community and has written a…

Scientists and philosophers have argued about the relationships between body and mind for centuries. Do emotions begin with a bodily reaction to events or do emotions follow from the way people perceive events? We have our own take on this argument, but that’s not what this blog is about. At the end of the day, there is no argument that body and mind are tightly connected. In fact, we know that putting on a happy face really works. Multiple research…

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