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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Panic Attack Relief Workbook by Mayra Diaz

Book Review: The Panic Attack Relief Workbook

The Panic Attack Relief Workbook by Mayra Diaz lays out a seven-week plan for people to be able to better manage panic. It incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and exposure therapy. As the title indicates, it’s a workbook with exercises to fill out. The book begins with background information about …

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Mental Health @ Home book reviews: cover of Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

Book Review: Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD by Sheela Raja is a workbook that incorporates elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). The book begins with an explanation of the effects of trauma, including how trauma memories, which are emotionally charged and situationally accessible, are different from verbally accessible …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Sh*t I Say to Myself

Book Review: Sh*t I Say to Myself

Sh*t I Say to Myself by Katie Krimer aims to help readers change their negative self-talk. The author is a therapist, and also describes herself as “a recovered negative thinker and self-talker. I’m also a former insomniac, life-long worrier and overthinker, recurring panic attack survivor, skilled ruminator, and recuperating perfectionist.” The book is broken down …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… CBT-E (Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT-E. I first heard of CBT-E recently in a post by Burnie of Quash Stigma Not Fat; it was a form of therapy she had done to treat her anorexia nervosa. I …

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What’s in My Therapy Journal

I’m not in therapy, but I do have a therapy journal filled with my favourite therapy concepts and tools (the notebook it lives in is from the lovely Candace at Revenge of Eve). In this post, I’ll share some of what it contains. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is probably the best fit for how …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Schema Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is schema therapy. Schema therapy was developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young in the 1990s. Kind of like dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), it’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but developed to address the needs of people who weren’t …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Secret Keeper by Marcia Kostoff

Book Review: Secret Keeper

Secret Keeper: The Joys and Struggles of Being a Therapist by Marcia Kostoff gives readers an inside look at what it’s like to be a therapist. The author is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and she specializes in CBT and DBT. The book includes stories about the …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety

Book Review: Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety

Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety by Sally M. Winston and Martin N. Seif uses a cognitive behaviour therapy approach to help readers deal with chronic indecisiveness, avoidance, and catastrophic thinking. The book begins by explaining what anticipatory anxiety is—the expectation of distress and the push towards avoidance that occurs before you encounter the situation you fear in …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Healing Emotional Pain Workbook

Book Review: Healing Emotional Pain Workbook

The Healing Emotional Pain Workbook by Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning, Erica Pool, and Patricia E. Zurita Ono uses process-based cognitive behavioural therapy to address the eleven negative coping mechanisms that are most responsible for emotional disorders. Process-based CBT focuses on coping mechanisms that may be used regardless of diagnosis rather than focusing on treating specific …

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Mental Health @ Home book reviews: The Depression Toolkit by William J. Knaus et al. book cover

Book Review: The Depression Toolkit

The Depression Toolkit by William Knaus, Alex Korb, Patricia J. Robinson, Lisa M. Schab, and Kirk D. Strosahl offers a combination of evidence-based tools to help readers with depression feel better. It contains 46 activities divided into 5 sections: find refuge from negative thoughts, get unstuck when you’re down, beat hopelessness and low motivation, make …

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