Overcoming A Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Tests and Treatment

Overcoming A Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Tests and Treatment

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of anxiety disorder that most affects people during social interactions, in anticipation of social interactions, or while reflecting on social interactions. SAD appears to have a variety of causes, both environmental and genetic/biologi
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What is Art Therapy & What are its Benefits?

Art Therapy: 15 Activities and Exercises for Children and Adults

Everyone can remember a time in his or her life when words weren’t enough to explain the heartache. It was as if there was no way to say out loud what the grief, the shame, or the anger felt like, or at least, nothing sounded quite poignant enough to describe those feelings. Perhaps a
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What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): A Case History

What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): A Case History

The discovery of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is a great example of scientific serendipity, in that, it was discovered by accident. The story goes that in 1969 the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health began a new policy of evaluating mental health treatments in the same way other m
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16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

“Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.” – Martin Lowenthal Compassion gets a lot of attention in positive psychology, and for good reason – it’s a major concern of many religious and philosophical leaders, including the Dalai Lama and P
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21 Couples Therapy Worksheets, Techniques, & Activities (PDF)

21 Couples Therapy Worksheets, Techniques, & Activities (PDF)

What if I told you there was a magic recipe for making a relationship work? I’m sure you wouldn’t believe me, and for good reason! It’s easy to see how difficult relationships can be. If there was some totally effective method for happy, healthy relationships out there, surely someone
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what is psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy: 15 Techniques and Exercises (+PDF)

Psychotherapy is a type of treatment for a variety of mental disorders that has been used in psychology for decades. This article will cover what psychotherapy is and how it can benefit people with various disorders. This article will also discuss some ways that psychotherapists can i
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What is Evidence-Based Therapy: 3 EBT Interventions

What is Evidence-Based Therapy: 3 EBT Interventions

The push for evidence-based therapy is a movement in psychology that aims to track the efficacy of treatment plans so that clients only undergo treatments which have been proven to work. This article will cover what evidence-based therapy is, how it relates to the idea of evidence-bas
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Emotion Focused Therapy: Understanding Emotions to Improve Relationships

Emotion Focused Therapy: Understanding Emotions to Improve Relationships

The term “emotion focused therapy” may sound a little redundant. After all, what kind of therapy ignores the client’s emotions? A therapy that ignored the emotions of those who participated will probably not be very effective. While many other kinds of therapy focus on the emotions of
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Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

“Life’s not fair.” How I hated hearing that as a kid. It was a phrase trotted out by my father (and probably fathers everywhere) whenever I complained about something not going my way. I especially hated when my brother was allowed to do something I wasn’t, or when he received some ki
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Mental Health Treatment Plans: Making Progress One Step at a Time

Mental Health Treatment Plans: Making Progress One Step at a Time

Planning – some of us love it, some of us hate it, and some of us just don’t have any idea how to do it! However difficult it can be for some of us to sit down and make a plan, there are some instances where we simply cannot skate by without a good plan. Treatment is one such area. Su
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Relationship Therapy: Enhancing Your Capacity for Connection

Relationship Therapy: Enhancing Your Capacity for Connection

In today’s world, it may seem like a healthy and happy relationship is nearly impossible to build or maintain. With all of the added stress of working in the digital age, the ubiquitous interruptions of social media, and the breakneck pace at which our lives are now lived, cultivating
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Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy: Make Your Own Meaning

You may have a certain set of assumptions or associations pop into your head when you hear (or read) the word “existential.” Perhaps you think of movies or books where “everyone dies” seems to be the overarching message. Maybe you recall philosophers you read about in high school or c
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Coping Skills Worksheets for Adults and Youth

10+ Coping Skills Worksheets for Adults and Youth (+ PDFs)

No matter how mentally healthy, resilient, or happy you are, there comes a time in every person’s life when he or she will need to cope with something difficult. Coping is something we all do, whether we do it consciously or without thinking. It’s watching a funny movie when we’re sad
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What is Solution-Focused Therapy: 3 Essential Techniques

What is Solution-Focused Therapy: 3 Essential Techniques

Imagine yourself in an important business meeting. You are here to discuss some problems your company is having with producing widgets. You explain the problem to representatives from other parts of the company. The problem is that the widget-producing machine your company uses is get
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Reality Therapy: Constructing Your Future One Choice at a Time

Reality Therapy: Constructing Your Future One Choice at a Time

Needs – we all have them, and we all have many different kinds of needs. Of course, sometimes what we think are needs are actually “wants;” however, depending on the philosophical perspective, the needs category may cover more than you would imagine. Let’s think of all the basic needs
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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Adapting Your Thinking to Improve Your Life

What is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy? (+4 REBT Exercises, PDF)

Imagine you are going to see a therapist or counselor. You’ve been having trouble dealing with stress, or maybe you’re struggling with some difficult emotions. Perhaps you have a diagnosed mental disorder and you’re having trouble keeping it in check. You sit down in the therapist’s o
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