Thinking Errors: Catastrophizing

"This is going to go on forever and I am going to be miserable." Sound familiar? It is a classic thinking error that I fall prey to on the regular (baby not sleeping, spouse playing in 4 sports leagues in one month, sink full of dishes, getting a cold sore, etc). I am going to take [this small incident that...[ read more ]

Thinking Errors: Mind Reading

Things happen... you aren't invited to lunch, someone turns down your invitation, someone is not as excited about an event as you are, you do not get the job, etc. How do we handle that? This story was adapted from my high school english teacher and depicts the tendency we have to "mind read" and make assumptions about people's actions...[ read more ]

Thinking Errors Introduction

Hi! I am going to start a new mini series on thinking errors. It is very relevant to me right now as I embark on opening the Parkwood Counseling Center, being a mom and setting goals for myself creatively. I'm going to introduce you to some of the anecdotes (fun word!) I use in sessions to bring home the ways...[ read more ]

Experience: Let Go of Shame

This intervention is very helpful with adults and teenagers. Hand out a sheet of blank paper. Have the client fold the paper in half. Have the client, in 5 or 6 sentences, describe the event and how they feel about it. On the other half of the paper, write what they can take from the event, what they would do...[ read more ]

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