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I am versus I do

by Shannon O’Neill, M.A. 

Have you ever heard of the parable about two monks, a woman and the river? Retrieved from https://www.fisheaters.com/twomonks.html, the story is explained below:

Two monks were making a pilgrimage to venerate the relics of a great Saint. During the course of their journey, they came to a river where they met a beautiful young woman — an apparently worldly creature, dressed in expensive finery and with her hair done up in the latest fashion.Read more...

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Friday Night Live: Working with Your Client’s Strengths

by William Taboas, M.A. 

Friday Night Live (FNL) is offered twice monthly at the Albert Ellis Institute (dates:http://albertellis.org/friday-night-live/) and runs from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. The FNL sessions are a great opportunity for curious folks who wish to see how an REBT/CBT session would transpire. But what is great about FNL is that you get to see how therapist’s personalities and clinical judgment shape the implementation of REBT. Some are vigorous in disputing irrational beliefs, some emphasize didactic explanations to conceptualize a problem and intervention, others roll with the punches, and others will use the clients’ strengths to promote cognitive, emotive, and behavioral change.… Read more...

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May I Quit REBT?

by Ennio Ammendola, M.A.

This blog is going to be super unusual for you because instead of promoting REBT, I am going to focus on quitting REBT. Please stay with me and be a part of my experience. Only then can you fully understand the message I am trying to convey. I approached REBT 12 years ago, and throughout the years, I established a specialization, helped clients, and applied REBT’s principles to my own life.I clearly and unconditionally state that I BELIEVE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF REBT, but last week I decided to run a week long experiment…

I decided to quit REBT and go back to my old irrational/dysfunctional/unhelpful thoughts.… Read more...

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Stop Being So Mean!

by Jennifer Shindman, M.S. 

A few weeks ago, at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) conference, I attended a very interesting talk. At one point, the speaker talked to us about an experiment he suggests to his clients. Treat yourself the same way that you would treat your best friend; give yourself the same advice that you would give a best friend or a loved one about a difficult situation or the way he/she perceived it.… Read more...

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Happy (Almost) New Year!

by Brooke Guttenberg, M.S. 

The year 2015 is less than a month away and what better time than now to begin evaluating our 2014 New Year’s resolutions. Approximately one year ago I wrote a blog exploring how to change the way that we think about last year’s resolutions that we did not accomplish. Engaging in my own self- reflection, I recognize that I may not have accomplished every goal that I set out to conquer over the past year; however, since I am human like everyone else, it is inevitable to have both failures and successes. … Read more...

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Do Therapists Really Practice What They Preach?

by Deniz Sidali, M.A. 

For years while working and studying to become a psychologist, people often ask me:“Do you practice what you preach?” Without question or hesitation, I resoundingly answer “Yes, I certainly do”. I sincerely believe that one of the true markers of a good therapist is not only to follow your own advice but also to be passionate about the type of philosophical and therapeutic approach you choose to align yourself with. Being passionate about Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) makes me all the more likely to use various approaches in helping myself to deal with life’s myriad of challenges.… Read more...

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The Role of General Semantics in REBT

by Kristen Tobias, M.A. 

It would be appropriate to refer to Dr. Ellis as a raconteur of human nature.  He was a supremely gifted psychologist who juxtaposed scholarship with clinical application.  Created during the middle of the 20th century, REBT built upon multidisciplinary theories of human nature.  Dr. Ellis first trained and practiced as an analyst, observing that individuals felt better as a result of catharsis, but did not get better.  Additionally, he was heavily influenced by ancient philosophies such as Stoicism and Epicureanism. … Read more...

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The Laws of Envy

by William Taboas, M.A. 

“When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.”         -Tacitus

Envy is experienced when another person possesses and enjoys something desirable that you do not have. A material object, an accolade, achievement, a possession, recognition, you name it…when we desire something with strong enough conviction; we then tell ourselves that we MUST have it.

In the world of social media, envy is rampant. You, the reader, have probably disturbed yourself with irrational beliefs to the point of experiencing envy.… Read more...

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Metacognitive Awareness: Thoughts about Thoughts

by Shannon O’Neill, M.A. 

Remember the nursery rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? The writer was on to something with the formation of this rational statement. Words are just words until interpretation and beliefs are placed upon them. For example, an individual may say something offensive to another and the thought, “That was a rude comment” forms. This thought is not necessarily troublesome until the irrational belief, “They should not be rude to me” is linked and emotional distress is created.… Read more...

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Psychotherapy and the Tooth Fairy

by Michael Hickey, Ph.D. 

Have you ever heard the statement, “I don’t believe in therapy”?  As I was preparing some material for an upcoming Awareness Week in an effort to help raise awareness and demystify mental illness, I thought about the times that I have heard this comment both in my personal and professional life.  This may come as a surprise (but hopefully not) – psychotherapy is not a mythical entity like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. … Read more...

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