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CBT for insomnia infographic: disrupt negative associations with bed, only go to bed when sleepy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia

Sleep—it’s so important to have, yet sometimes so hard to get. Mental illness can make getting a good night’s sleep particularly difficult. Whether it’s depression, where you’re exhausted but can’t sleep, or mania, where you have too much energy to feel the need for sleep, insomnia is something that spans across diagnoses.   For many …

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Does trying to suppress unwanted thoughts work? What if you're told not to think about a white bear?

Does Trying to Suppress Unwanted Thoughts Work?

I was browsing the web for interesting therapy materials, when I came across the worksheets for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (affiliate link) on the website of one of the authors, Dr. John Forsyth. I’ve never done ACT, but I’ve done a lot of reading about it, and it makes a lot of …

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Psychotherapy alphabet soup: so many forms of therapy, so many initials

Psychotherapy Alphabet Soup: CBT, DBT, ACT, and More

Some studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a stronger predictor of therapeutic outcomes than the type of therapy used. However, it seems logical that the type of therapy should at least to some extent match up with how you tend to conceptualize the problems you’re experiencing. …

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Free mental health workbooks

Free Mental Health Workbooks

There are a lot of excellent mental health resources out there, and quite a few of them are actually free. Here are some of the good mental health workbooks and worksheets that I’ve come across, most of which are available as downloadable PDFs. They’re based on therapeutic approaches that have proven to be effective. This …

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cognitive distortions in CBT

Cognitive Distortions: Getting Personal

In yesterday’s post, I outlined some of the common types of cognitive distortions. It’s one thing to know about them, but actually recognizing them in ourselves can be a lot harder to do. And sure, it’s all well and good to try to look for evidence against a possibly distorted thought, but what if there …

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cognitive distortions in CBT

Cognitive Distortions in CBT

I’m sure many of you are already familiar with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but I thought it was still worth taking a look at cognitive distortions, a key ingredient in the CBT soup. Cognitive distortions are common unrealistic patterns of thinking. They’re not delusional, but at the same time, they don’t accurately reflect reality, and …

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