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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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New Beginnings

by Amanda Rosinski, M.A.

Although I will be working at the Albert Ellis Institute for two and a half more weeks, tomorrow I also start my new training experience. I will spend the next year working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As I began to mentally prepare for the new experience, I found myself feeling a bit stuck. Although it is understandable to feel a healthy level of concern for a new position, I found myself feeling an unhealthy level of anxiety that resulted in this feeling of “stuckness.” Knowing that this unhealthy anxiety is a result of my unhelpful thinking, I started to dig deeper into my thoughts.… Read more...

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Emotional Responsibility

by Mark Schiffman, Psy.D.

Who or what controls your emotions? Do each of your friends and family members have access to your emotional keyboard, with the ability to push your anger, anxiety, shame or depression buttons at any point in time? Do cars, trains, dating apps, long lines, and job searches hold your emotional joystick?  Most of us go around with the notion that “he makes me so angry!” or “she makes me depressed” but one of the central features of any Cognitive Behavior Therapy is that we take responsibility for our own emotions.… Read more...

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Wonder Woman and World Acceptance

by Rosina Pzena, M.S. 

I recently watched the new Wonder Woman movie, and it made a very interesting point about human nature. For some background (spoiler alert, although Wonder Woman has been around since the 1940s) Wonder Woman, or Diana Prince, is not human. She was created by the Greek gods to defend man from evil influences. Therefore, in the context of the film, Diana goes into World War I believing that men are innately good, and that they have been corrupted by the Greek god of war to fight for eternity.… Read more...

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Coffee, Tea, Leg Room?

by Raymond Moody, M.A. 

I am writing this blog aboard a metal tube that is hurling through the air at over 400 miles per hour. I am returning to New York after a very enjoyable weekend with family and friends celebrating the marriage of my cousin. My spirit was really recharged after this weekend. I have been in a great mood for the past few days and I wanted to bring this good mood with me back to the city.… Read more...

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Criticize Away!

by Carly Mayer, M.S. 

Getting criticized is tough, it is hard to hear that we did not do something up to par or that we did something completely wrong, especially when we have worked hard at it. Criticism is even more difficult to swallow when it comes from someone we respect or love. These people often have the best of intentions, but regardless of good intentions, our own beliefs often get in the way of the potential benefits of receiving criticism that may actually be constructive.  … Read more...

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The Perfect Presentation

by Amanda Rosinski, M.A.

I recently completed a presentation for my program at school, which I knew was going to have a large impact on my student status. There are four levels in my program, and successfully completing this presentation would mean that I would move up to a new level. So there were high stakes for this presentation, and as I was preparing for it, I began feeling the pressure of those high stakes. Having a healthy level of concern would be a helpful emotional reaction.… Read more...

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Anxiety about Change

by Stephanie Schwartz, Psy.D.

Many people feel anxious when making big decisions during times of change. Whether it’s a new job or new apartment, with most life transitions there is a choice to be made. Usually there are pros and cons to the different options and one choice isn’t 100% “right.” Thus, there is some degree of uncertainty involved and people may feel anxious about uncertain situations. With any change it is understandable to feel some concern and to have a desire to make a good decision.Read more...

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