Grief vs. Depression: When It's Time to See a Therapist

With each person in our life that passes away, our world changes.  Sometimes we have time to prepare ourselves if the individual struggles with an illness before their passing.  Other times, the end of an agonizing struggle can bring strange and confusing feelings of relief.

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The Power of Stinkin' Thinkin'

While I worked as a counseling assistant in my undergraduate fieldwork, one of my clients summarized the idea of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the focus on maladaptive thoughts perfectly.  When asked to describe his goals for therapy he exclaimed, “No more stinkin’ thinkin’!”.  Stinkin’ thinkin’, clinically referred to as maladaptive or automatic thoughts, is the focus of the ever popular model of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  CBT is something that I often integrate into my own style as a therapist because I believe a great deal in how we think, feel, and behave can be drawn back to these maladaptive thoughts.  Through this model, we can examine these thoughts and try to reframe them to create a new perspective that can bring about change of all sorts.

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