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The Swarm

by Glynnis McDonnell, M.A.

I commute by Metro North several days a week.  Today, like every other day that I take Metro North, I felt my blood pressure start to rise as the train came around the bend and pulled into the station.  Once the train comes into view each day, the platform begins to swarm- all the passengers on the platform start to crunch together, everyone vying to get as close to the door as possible. … Read more...

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I Should Get That Done

by Tom Kelly, M.S.

The list of things that need to get accomplished, both in the long and short term, often seems to be never ending. As a student, I like to think that the summer will be a time in which I can work on important tasks from that list. No classes, no papers, no exams. A seemingly perfect time to get important tasks accomplished.

I am now looking at the calendar and becoming alarmed that it reads mid-August.… Read more...

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I Am Not My Hair

by Kimberly Alexander, M.S.

After so many months without any professional input on my hair care, I realized that it was time for a cut. So, I take my time to research salons and identify stylists that have had experience working with curly hair. I even researched reviews on them and their salon and I was finally able to lock down a place I trust… or so I thought.

As I made the phone call to set up the appointment, it turns out that the time I spent avoiding salons for the past eight months reinforced the fears I had about others managing my hair.… Read more...

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Thwarted Plans

by Glynnis McDonnell, M.A. 

This past Sunday was going to be the perfect, laid back day.  I was going to do a little work, ride my stationary bike, watch some Netflix, and take my dog for a long walk.  It was going to be GREAT!  I planned to do my work and exercise first because those feel like chores, and then let myself relax.

Things started off without a hitch- I woke up, had breakfast, and completed some work. … Read more...

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Hello? Can you hear me now?

by Stephanie Grossman, M.A. 

Over the past few months I have slowly been losing cell service, and somehow also wifi, on my phone in my apartment. Attempts to talk to my parents have consisted of me awkwardly huddled by my bed in the one spot I can hear them best, if at all. And forget about the Instagram, Snapchat, and Pokemon Go apps on my phone (don’t judge)– I couldn’t use those either.

I quickly became angry.… Read more...

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SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS!

by Tom Kelly, M.S.

Summer in New York City can be excruciatingly hot, with a combination of heat and humidity that can stop you in your tracks. Luckily, I am able to come home and turn on an air conditioner to full blast. After a few minutes, my bedroom is cooled off and I have successfully escaped the scorching heat. But this escape comes with a monthly price in the form of a steep electric bill.… Read more...

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When the Coffee is Too Good

by Kim Alexander, M.S.

So goes the Monday morning alarm… loud and early. I move swiftly and spirited. You can tell I just came back from a vacation! I have so much time to burn that I decide to put a little extra care and wear my new gold chain and pendant. Only thing is that I tried to put the slippery little thing on while hovering over the bathroom sink while the faucet was on!… Read more...

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Takeaways and Take-Home Work

by Megan Sy, M.A., M.S. 

Just like that, another training year has whizzed by! Among the things I’ve learned and practiced in the last two training cycles at the Albert Ellis Institute, my three biggest takeaways are as follows:

1) There’s only one thing we can control and it’s not the world or the people around us. Demanding that the world change or that others do as we want them to may seem productive, but in reality the only thing we can really change is ourselves.… Read more...

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Hurry Up and Wait

by Carly Mayer, M.S. 

Imagine this: You’re stuck on the expressway trying to get off at the bridge and the line to exit is long, really long. You wait your turn and finally, after what seems like forever, get up to the front of the line. You look to your left and there are 3 cars nudging their way into your lane. They did not wait on the long line of cars waiting to leave and just pulled themselves right in front as if the fifty cars behind them were invisible.… Read more...

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Phone call from the Principal

by Johna Hansen, L.C.S.W.

While I was at the Albert Ellis Institute one day last week, I received a phone call from the principal at one of my children’s schools.  Immediately, the principal told me that there was no emergency.  So, I remained calm and assumed he was going to ask me to donate money to the school.  Instead, he proceeded to tell me that my son fell off of the monkey bars at school and I should pick him up right away because he and the nurse were afraid my son might have broken his arm.  … Read more...

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