Dr. Robert Heller’s Mind Body Newsletter
“Strategies for Strengthening the Mind and Body”
Quote of the Month
“Men are disturbed not so much by things as by the view they take of them” – ancient Greek Philosopher
This quote became the cornerstone for one of the most important psychotherapies ever developed, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy or REBT for short.
REBT was the brainchild of the late, great psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis, who founded REBT more than 60 years ago. Now, REBT and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) are among the most effective therapies of all time for relieving psychological suffering.
I recently visited the new home of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City located just 20 blocks from its former location. No longer housed in the magnificent old brownstone building, the new facilities still provide 9 treatment rooms for clients, train 6 post doctoral fellows each year and a lecture room for workshops and the continuing tradition of Dr. Ellis’s public Friday night workshops. I have continued to practice REBT for almost 40 years in addition to offering hypnosis, EMDR and yoga related practices to provide a holistic experience for my clients to not only feel better but to get better and stay that way.
In Memoriam: Dr. Arnold Lazarus
Dr. Lazarus was one of the pioneers of the Behavior Therapy movement. He recently passed after a 6-year struggle with illness. I had the good fortune to attend a number of workshops by him over the years, which greatly formed my therapeutic approach with clients. I still use his “multi-modal” assessment ideas in my work with client and am strongly influenced by his 1981 publication, “The Practice of Multi-Modal Therapy”. Dr. Lazarus wrote a number of very readable self-help books that I still use with clients today.
A gentle, soft-spoken man, he was a giant in the field of psychology and although he will be sorely missed, his great contributions to the field of psychology will surely live on.
What’s the play of ACT?
ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Originally introduced by psychologist Dr. Steven Hayes some twenty plus years ago, ACT seems to have borrowed a lot from the Eastern traditions and philosophy of yoga and mediation and blended it with a number of traditional cognitive behavior methods. The essence of ACT is about being in the present moment with your thoughts and feelings rather than trying to avoid or change them. Rather than dwelling on them, the individual learns to non-judgmentally observe them and let them pass by without reacting to them. I use parts of ACT in my clinical work with particular clients and have found it to be a helpful approach in a number of situations.
The Worry Epidemic
Seems to me that more and more of us are worrying about more and more things. In my self-help pocket sized guidebook, “Dealing with Worry”, I list 23 common worries along with tips and methods that you can use to both reduce worry and be less bothered by it. “ Dealing with Worry” and my other self-help guidebooks help you and other’s better understand common life problems and provide useful ways to better cope with them. They make great gifts for the holidays.
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