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Genograms for Psychotherapy

Genograms for Psychotherapy

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Every generation, families pass a piece of themselves to their kin. The things that are passed down can be beautiful or valuable, like stories, culture, knowledge, and belongings. Or, they can be mostly insignificant, like a cowlick and green eyes from one's grandfather. Other times, more insidious traits can be passed through generations...
Using Exercise in Mental Health Treatment

Using Exercise in Mental Health Treatment

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The connection between exercise and mental well-being has become increasingly obvious as research on the subject grows. Unfortunately, most mental health counseling training programs don't cover the topic, and as few as 10% of psychotherapists talk to their clients about exercise. Research suggests that exercise can have a significant positive impact on depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, cognitive functioning, and more...
OCD Treatment Overview

OCD Treatment Overview

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"I'm so OCD!" Obsessive-compulsive disorder may be the most popular disorder to say you have, without actually having. In common parlance, "OCD" is used to refer to someone who likes things a particular way, or who seems overly concerned with cleanliness. In the world of mental health, obsessive-compulsive disorder refers to something more serious...
CBT Psychoeducation

CBT Psychoeducation

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has become one of the leading approaches to psychotherapy due to its strong research support and quick treatment timeline. Once clients learn how CBT works, they typically find that it can easily be applied to their own lives. It just makes sense. For clients to use CBT effectively, they first need to have a strong understanding of the cognitive model...
Communication Techniques

Communication Techniques

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Do you ever find yourself listening to someone, but focusing more on what you want to say next? Maybe they're telling you about their weekend, when you think: "Wow, I can't wait to tell them about what happened to me last Saturday. What a story!" Or maybe you have the opposite problem: You keep it all in...
Parenting: Using Rewards and Punishments

Parenting: Using Rewards and Punishments

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Parenting can be a personal and a touchy subject. Many parents would do anything to help their children, and there are few things more painful than the thought that their parenting may have been less than perfect. But here's the truth: Every parent can improve. The ones sitting in front of a therapist may just be the ones with the most difficult children, or the ones who were brave enough to ask for help...
Positive Psychology Techniques

Positive Psychology Techniques

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In positive psychology, researchers try to understand how human beings can lead healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Positive psychology differs from traditional psychology which has mostly focused on problems, such as mental illness and abnormalities. Researchers in positive psychology believe that happiness can be broken down into three different dimensions that can be improved...
Anger Management

Anger Management

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If you've ever struggled with anger, you are probably familiar with the feeling of regret that follows an outburst. You promise yourself: "I'll never let that happen again." But then, it happens again. And again. Anger takes away our ability to think rationally. After your anger fades, you regain the ability to think clearly, and you regret what your angry self said or did...
Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing

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Change happens easily when there are clear rewards and punishments. We stop touching hot stoves early on because we get hurt. If we find out that something makes us feel happy and there are no costs, we're going to do it more often. But sometimes, change can be more complex. Making the decision to leave a romantic partner, or to switch careers, might take years of thought and heartache...
Treating Anxiety with CBT

Treating Anxiety with CBT

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has become the leading treatment for anxiety, and with good reason. Research indicates that CBT can be an effective treatment for anxiety after as few as 8 sessions, with or without any form of medication (1). Due to the high prevalence of anxiety disorders (18% of adults in the United States meet criteria for an anxiety disorder over a 1-year period [2]), it's valuable to have a strong understanding of best practices for its treatment...
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