Category Archives: CBT-Nuts & Bolts

Stop Automatic thinking and reactive behavior-tips from NYC Cognitive Therapist & Psychologist Dr. Albin

Tips from Cognitive Behavior Therapist of New York and Clinical Psychologist of New York, Dr. Jayme Albin
“Cognitive Behavior Therapy” at its very essence involves developing self awareness of one’s thinking and how if effects your day to day life and relationships. Understanding Automatic thoughts is a good place to start this process (called metacognitive process). Automatic thoughts are the thoughts and images that involuntarily pop into our conscious (or just below if they are habitual). They make up how we “read” a situation. Understanding your automatic thoughts can influence change in a variety of situations.

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What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, behaviors and feelings. It is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically researched and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. CBT is more focused on the present, more time-limited, and problem-solving and goal oriented. During sessions clients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

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Romantic Relationships Avoid the 4 horseman that lead to relationship demise.

Navigating Romantic Relationships is not always easy. Even good couples can easily shift from a place of feeling at ease that involves open communication and mutual respect to a place of hurt feelings, defensiveness and personal criticism without too much effort.   Why does this happen? One day you and your mate are  laughing and feeling … Continue reading Romantic Relationships Avoid the 4 horseman that lead to relationship demise.

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7 Assertion Strategies that can help you avoid a disagreement from turning into a FIGHT!

Being assertive is the most effective way to communicate our feelings and opinions especially when we don’t necessarily agree with others around us. However, it is also one of the most difficult communication styles to achieve partially because when we become aroused (excited, angry or anxious) we are less likely to use conscious thought and be conscientious in our approach…we are more likely to bark out commands or become defensive in our tone. The second reason why being assertive is often neglected is because of lack of practice. When we practice a new skill we create new mental habits and therefore improve the likelihood we will call upon it during times of distress.

Here are 7 simple, but highly effective strategies to use when you are looking to make a request from another and voice a different or negative opinion

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What is EMDR?

> Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), has become one of the most interesting and successful interventions in the field of psychological research and practice for trauma (large and small) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as its successful use with anxiety disorders.   Like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR is client centered and client empowering, with … Continue reading What is EMDR?

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