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Laura L. Smith, Ph.D.

Charles H. Elliott, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologists, Bloggers, Speakers, and Authors  

“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…

Only rarely would Dr. Smelt take a referral from the courts. She tended to avoid clients with questionable motivation for therapy which she often found to be the case with such referrals. However, today she makes an exception because the…

Dr. Smelt begins this session by collaborating with Kimberly on an agenda. Kimberly decides she mostly wants to focus on something her boyfriend, Ray, did a few days ago that really got her upset. They also agree to review her…

In the first part of Session 4.0, Dr. Smelt and Kimberly explore new ways to think about other people’s driving. Kimberly realized that there are healthier, alternative ways of thinking about challenges encountered while driving. She now understands that everyone…

In the blog, Session 3.5, Dr. Smelt and Kimberly discovered that much of Kimberly’s anger with her boyfriend seemed to originate in grief and anger concerning her previous ex as well as her son. Sometimes people find that anger is…

During Kimberly’s second session (which appears in blogs labeled Session 2, Session 2.5, and Session 2.75), she endorsed a goal of learning to communicate more effectively with her boyfriend, Ray. She expressed ambivalence about another goal—looking at how her thinking…

In the previous session, Dr. Smelt discussed a few of the essential premises that underlie cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy. She also collaborated with Kimberly in coming up with a couple of goals for getting therapy started. “Good morning, Kimberly…

In several previous blogs, we discussed domestic abuse and violence. In the first blog, we reviewed common abusive behaviors known as gaslighting. The second blog discussed more examples of gaslighting behavior. Finally, we wrote on the topic of why people…

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…

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…