book cover: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins incorporate cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you improve emotional flexibility. This is defined as "the ability to respond to life’s challenges with an appropriate level of emotion, and then to recover as these situations change." Sounds pretty good to me. Somewhat like Overcoming Avoidance,… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

Book cover: Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by Daniel F. Gros
Book Reviews

Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance

The Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by psychologist Daniel F. Gros aims to help you stop avoiding and start living. It takes a transdiagnostic approach, meaning it focuses on specific behaviours rather than the diagnoses in which they occur. The cover says that it's for anxiety, depression, or PTSD, but the focus is on anxiety and depression.… Continue reading Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance

Book cover: Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears & Do It Anyway
Book Reviews

Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

Stop Avoiding Stuff, by Matthew S. Boone, Jennifer Gregg, and Lisa W. Coyne, tackles avoidance using techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy. It teaches microskills that you can use as alternatives to avoidance, and suggests teeny tiny practices along the way. The book starts off with a look at what avoidance is and why we… Continue reading Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Emetophobia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is emetophobia. Emetophobia, or fear of vomiting, falls under the diagnosis of specific phobia in the DSM-5.  However, it hasn't been as well researched as other types of phobias.  As a phobia, it goes far beyond a dislike… Continue reading What Is… Emetophobia

Book cover: Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden
Book Reviews

Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss

Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden provides strategies drawn from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help manage anxiety.  CBT is an evidence-based treatment, so while the strategies won't necessarily for everyone, they are legit, unlike many of the other self-help books floating around. The approach is broken down into three major steps: predictions,… Continue reading Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss

book cover: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
Book Reviews

Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts. The book takes a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but doesn't get bogged down in theory.  In a nutshell, a… Continue reading Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn't it?  Maybe, but sometimes the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don't actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious,… Continue reading What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for pain. While initially, the idea of a psychological form of treatment for a physical problem may sound a bit odd at first, it makes more sense when you consider how inextricably connected… Continue reading What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

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Depression

I Admit It – I’m a Ghoster

Yes, that's right, I'm guilty – I'm a ghoster.  Ghosting is not a nice thing to do to someone, but are some forms of ghosting worse than others? I would like to propose two different types of ghosting: offensive ghosting, which serves to actively reject another person, and defensive ghosting, which is done for the… Continue reading I Admit It – I’m a Ghoster

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Mental Health

Suppression of Unwanted Thoughts

I was browsing the web for interesting therapy materials, when I came across the worksheets for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders 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 sense to… Continue reading Suppression of Unwanted Thoughts