DR.ROBERT HELLER’S MIND-BODY NEWSLETTER
“Helping You to Feel and Perform at your Best”
Quote of the Month
“Action is the antidote to despair”- Joan Baez
I didn’t know singer Joan Baez was also a behavioral psychologist. Often times in working with clients they are very good about doing assignments between sessions if it involves reading or writing assignments but fall short when they have to deliver on making a change in their behavior. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, we believe that by changing your thoughts AND behaviors, you are able to change your feelings. Today, think about what ACTION you can take to improve something in your life.
COUNSELING BY COMPUTER
I have been counseling people by phone for years and using video conferencing with SKYPE over the past several years. It’s convenient and has allowed me to help individuals who don’t live near my office in Boca Raton, Fl. In fact, I am currently working with someone from Spain. Now, according to Dr.Lynn Bufka of the American Psychological Association, long distance counseling via Skype is earning respectability and studies are underway in psychology and medicine to determine just how helpful this approach can be.
RITALIN GONE WRONG
This story in the Sunday New York Times tracks the history and highlights some recent study on the drugging of children who are alleged to have Attention Deficit Disorder. Rather than putting kids on drugs that do nothing to change the conditions that derail their development in the first place, the author sites studies that conclude “There has been clear evidence that the developing brain is shaped by experience”. As a former school psychologist for 8 years, I can tell you that teaching kids how to relax and concentrate and parents and teachers how to manage kids’ behaviors often work as well or better than drugs, have no negative side effects and tend to last.
TECHNIQUES FOR OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION
One of my favorite techniques is the 5 minute plan. We can do almost anything for 5 minutes. Make a deal with yourself to work on anything you have been procrastinating about for 5 minutes. After that time you can stop if you like and you are “successful”. If you “choose’ to continue longer you may. Often times, folks find by overcoming the initial inertia they can keep things rolling more easily.
NEW ARTICLES ON SPORTS ISSUES
If you are Director of a sports facility or a sports coach, you may want to check out my new article which focuses on what business practices you can use to retain customers, members and students in tough economic times. It appears in the March issue of Racket Sports Industry and will soon be available on my website, www.cognitivetherapy.cc .
My most recent article on “Developing Confidence” will soon be coming out in FIT TENNIS newsletter.
In June , I will be presenting a workshop on Sports Psychology for the Florida Psychological Association. The next newsletter will feature an article on the CBS” 60 Minutes” segment that just aired on Depression and the Placebo Effect. The story generated an enormous amount of interest and controversy.
Until next time-