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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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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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Evidence-Based Treatment for Personality Disorders

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

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

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017 | 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: $100| F/T Students: $90 | 3 Contact Hours/CE Credits


Over the last several decades, psychotherapists have used different names to describe clients who fail to make progress.… Read more...

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Prince and the REBT Revolution

by Deniz Sidali, M.A. 

Last week was not a good week for me and other fans of the artist, Prince who suddenly passed away at a very young age. I grew up avidly listening to Prince’s music and remember bopping away on the dance floor in my pink bridesmaid’s dress at my brother’s wedding to his hit song “Let’s Go Crazy”. One of the first lyrics to this song goes, “Dearly beloved We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life”.… Read more...

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Procrastinate Less

by Elissa Habinksy, M.A., M.S.

Many people procrastinate. Putting off a work, personal or school-related task may seem insignificant in the short-term, but in the long-term it can become a chronic problem with serious consequences. Recently, I read an interesting article published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on this topic entitled, “To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved”. It suggests an alternative conceptualization of procrastination than what is typically espoused. The article states that many procrastinators believe that they cannot get started on a task because they want to do it perfectly.

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Bodily Barriers to Rational Self-talk

by Brianna Cheney, M.A. 

As an REBT therapist, I make a consistent effort to apply REBT to my own life.  When I experience any type of unhealthy negative emotion (UNE), I try to identify and replace the self-defeating thoughts and beliefs with healthier, rational alternatives.  Admittedly, I have noticed that this process of thought-monitoring can be much more challenging at certain times than at others depending on specific physiological factors!

We likely all have noticed the susceptibility of our moods to bodily changes, like becoming angry when hungry (“hangry”) or extra irritable when we are sick or in pain. … Read more...

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