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In the last blog, Dr. Smelt explained the way thoughts and perceptions about events strongly influence feelings and emotions. She also explained that behaviors also affect emotions and moods. Let’s pick up the conversation from there. “Now, we need to talk about the goals you may have for our time together. I’ll use the whiteboard again to keep us focused and on track. Let’s start with any goal that comes to mind for you,” Dr. Smelt suggests. “Well, that’s 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…

Dr. Smelt begins this second psychotherapy session by asking Kimberly, “Do you have any feelings, thoughts, or reactions to last week’s session that you’d like to share?” (See In Therapy: Session 1 and Session 1.5) “Well, I guess it’s important for you to gather up a lot of information, but I’m much more interested in knowing what’s going to happen next. I suppose you want to know all about my childhood?” Dr. Smelt nods and says, “I probably will ask…

We started blogging six years ago. And we’ve written eleven books between us over the years. Publishers have told us repeatedly that blogging helps book sales so we should continue doing it relentlessly. We, like many psychologists who blog, read lots of articles and sift through research journals for interesting ideas and studies. Then we summarize the findings along with our opinions and thoughts. However, the blogging process has become more like work than pleasure. Not a good sign. So…