Therapy tools for mental health
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Therapy Tools for Mental Health

I don't currently do therapy and haven't had a lot of success with it in the past, but I'm very pro-therapy in general. I've picked up a collection of therapy tools from CBT, DBT, and various others that are handy to pull out of the toolbox as needed. This post is a sample of a… Continue reading Therapy Tools for Mental Health

book cover: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins
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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: Calm & Sense by Wendy Leeds
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Book Review: Calm & Sense

Calm & Sense by psychotherapist Wendy Leeds is aimed at women dealing with anxiety. The author takes a very realistic perspective, encouraging readers to do what works best for them. She acknowledges that what works best may include medication, and doesn't insist that any specific strategy will work for everyone. I always find that kind… Continue reading Book Review: Calm & Sense

Book cover: Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by Daniel F. Gros
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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: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy
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Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy has just been released in its second edition. I was curious what a mindful approach to OCD would look like, but, as the subtitle says, this is a mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in combination book; it's not a pull up a cushion… Continue reading Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

What is... insights into psychology series
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What Is… a Behavioural Experiment in CBT

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is behavioural experiments. Behavioural experiments are a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) technique used to test out beliefs in real-world conditions, kind of like a social scientist might. Behavioural experiments are commonly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders… Continue reading What Is… a Behavioural Experiment in CBT

book cover: Don't Believe Everything You Feel
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Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

Don't Believe Everything You Feel by Robert L. Leahy uses an emotional schema approach to help you manage anxiety and depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools are ussd as part of this approach. It's set up as a workbook, with a substantial amount of text interspersed with worksheets. Some of the worksheets are fairly structured,… Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

The Should Monster: a purple monster with wings weighing you down with "shoulds"
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The Should Monster: The Problem with “I Should”

I've written before about Shoulding Ourselves to Death, but lately, I've been using the term "should monster", and I wanted to play around with that a little bit. For all of us, there are things we want in life and things we need.  Some of those needs might be indirect; we need a source of income… Continue reading The Should Monster: The Problem with “I Should”

book cover: The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann
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Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann uses a cognitive behavioural therapy approach to help you better manage your anxiety. One thing I liked was the cautionary note in the introduction that the book wasn't intended to address suicidality, severe depression, or problematic substance abuse, and anyone experiencing those should get in touch with… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

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