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Managing Uncertainty

By Glynnis McDonnell, M.A.

A quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin states, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”  Well, that is a tough pill to swallow for anyone who likes to plan.  I love planners, color-coded spreadsheets, and anything else that will help me map out my future in pain-staking detail.  I MUST plan everything out perfectly in order to ensure everything goes smoothly.  Right?!  For me, the first few years of my doctoral program really served to placate my demand for planning. … Read more...

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Turn On, No Shut Off, The News

by Tom Kelly, M.S.

No matter your political allegiances, there is no denying that these are contentious times in contemporary politics. As a result, it seems that all sources of news have become filled with arguments, complaints, and even attacks. In addition, what is considered a source of news has greatly changed, as information has begun to spill over into social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. There is no escaping the hotly contested debates!

The question of who is right and who is wrong within the news cycle is one question.… Read more...

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Bachelor Breakdown

by Stephanie Grossman, M.A.

Finally, after a 4-month hiatus, my (not so) guilty pleasure, The Bachelor, is back on the air! In a heavily produced environment, where female contestants are stripped of all electronic devices and reading materials, forced to think only of a sole love interest they don’t actually know, yet they are all competing for, unhealthy negative emotions run high. As the viewer, this provides the perfect type of dramatic entertainment, but for the contestants, distress is common.… Read more...

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Reason vs. Emotion

by Mark Schiffman, M.S. 

Many of us go around thinking that we would be better off not feeling any emotion – “I should be reasoned and well-thought out and emotion just gets in the way of being rational and productive!”  We try to limit or completely suppress any and all emotions so we can stay “Spock like” in our decision making. The problem is that this conception that reason and emotion are in a battle, dueling for the right to make our decisions is unhelpful and untrue.… Read more...

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Watch Your Language!

by Mark Schiffman, M.S. 

One day, a professor interrupted his lecture and pulled out a bag of biscuits from his briefcase, mumbling that he was hungry and had to eat something. A kind and considerate professor, he offered some of these biscuits to his students.  As the students chewed these tasty biscuits, the professor showed his pupils the original packaging, which revealed the words “Dog Cookies.” Two of the students who were eating the “cookies” immediately became nauseous, put their hand in front of their mouths and ran out of the classroom to the bathroom.… Read more...

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Can This Relationship Be Saved? Using RE & CBT to Improve Romantic Relationships

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Sc.D.

Leader: Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Director of Professional Education and Clinical Supervisor, Albert Ellis Institute

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 | 1:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Location: 145 East 32nd Street, 9th Floor (Directions)

3 Continuing Education Credits (APA, NBCC, New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work & Mental Health Counselors)

Registration: $125| F/T Students: $115


Many clients come to therapy because they are suffering in an unfulfilling relationship. … Read more...

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When Planning Fails

by Carly Mayer, M.S. 

I love to plan. By planning when I will take care of my responsibilities and activities, I can be prepared for what is to come so that I experience little stress. Also, if something is unexpectedly thrown my way, I can usually handle it because I have already taken care of my other responsibilities ahead of time. I do not enjoy the feeling of anxiety and I can honestly say that because I organize myself, I rarely experience elevated anxiety.… Read more...

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by Stephanie Schwartz, M.S. 

The past week has been quite busy for me. First, I traveled to Denver to present at the American Psychological Association convention. While I would have enjoyed staying for the entirety of the conference and exploring the city of Denver, I was only there for 2 days as I had a wedding in New York to return for. I planned to be back from Denver for the Friday night wedding rehearsal dinner and I was expected to be present at 9AM on Saturday (the wedding day) to get ready with the bridal party and take pictures.… Read more...

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REBT in the ER

by Raymond Moody, M.A. 

I was really looking forward to starting my externship at The Albert Ellis Institute (AEI) this week. I had completed several days of training, attended orientation, and purchased the necessary supplies. My plan was to get a good night of sleep, go to the gym in the morning, and get to AEI early so I could be cool and collected before my first client. But, life happens.

Sunday night as I was headed to bed, my partner started complaining about the stomach pain he was having.… Read more...

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