We want change to happen quickly. However, it takes time to accomplish our New Year’s goals. The following are 7 tips to help you stick with your resolutions and succeed! Tip #1: Stick to One Thing When you are deciding on a New Years resolution, stick to the one thing that is most important to … Continue reading 7 Secrets to Making your New Year’s Resolution Stick: Part 4 of a 4-Part Holiday Series
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Elizabeth Bernstein, around 40 percent of people in the US say they are lonely. Thirty years ago that number was halved, around 20%. However, feeling lonesome is not just an unpleasant emotion you need to learn to live with. In fact, loneliness actually re-arranges your genes … Continue reading 10 Ways to Ward off Loneliness This Season: Part 3 of a 4-Part Series
The extra demands combined with the typical stress around the holidays can cause most of us to fall into the trap rigid thinking and the belief that all needs to be absolutely idyllic in order to be happy. If you struggle with anxiety, this season can be an especially difficult time. Perfectionism is something cognitive … Continue reading 4 CBT Based Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism this Holiday Season
Look around in any store and you’ll find early reminders of what’s ahead of us- spending quality time with we people love, great food, awesome parties, and the list goes on. Of course, these are what we all hope our holiday season will be made of, but that’s not always the case. Even in … Continue reading How to Keep the ‘Happy’ in Your Holidays – Part 1 in a 4-Part Series
Earning your clinical license opens up a world of possibilities, so you want to begin gaining hours as soon as possible. Regardless, the process can be confusing for the best of us. Throughout my years of providing IMF and ASW supervision, there are certain questions that I’m asked on a regular basis. Here’s a nice compilation of … Continue reading IMF & ASW Supervision: 8 Answers to Common Questions and 1 Nobody Asks (But Should)
We’ve all heard that one of the greatest ways to combat everyday feelings of stress, poor concentration and anxiety is to meditate. Research has proven that this magic state literally changes our brain, as outlined in this Washington Post article. While it’s true that meditation is a powerful antidote to many of the everyday maladies … Continue reading Can’t Meditate? Think Again: 10 of the Best CBT Hacks to Shift your Brain Into Bliss
It’s sunblock and swimsuit time in San Diego! Most of us are making sure we have our summer essentials in place, and pretty soon it will be time do your favorite summer activities! Like clockwork, my clients begin to express anxiety about an upcoming pool party or BBQ where they may be wearing a lot … Continue reading What it Takes to Succeed at Losing Weight: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach
When your brain is primed to be positive, it performs 31% more productively than when it is negative, neutral, or stressed. With the happiness advantage, your intelligence, creativity, and energy levels rise. That said, it makes much more sense to focus on how happiness leads to success, instead of the other way around.
Plenty of parents call me this time of year, exhausted and tell me, “my teen needs therapy stat!” or “I was fine raising my child but now that he/she’s an adolescent I’m at a loss”. Parenting a teenager is a new and scary experience for most, and to shift how you interact with your children … Continue reading Two Simple Approaches to Get Out of the Power Struggle with your Teen
We all face personal circumstances that create unhelpful worry and stress. Distraction distraction techniques and working out the worst case scenario are key cognitive behavioral therapy interventions that can help.