Dr. Robert Heller’s Mind-Body Newsletter
“Healthy Living for the Mind, Body and Spirit”
Quote of the Month
“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” –Virginia Satir
Reflect on the meaning of this quote. What does it say to you? How do your own expectations of how things SHOULD be, determine your feelings and behaviors? What coping strategies do you have and use when things aren’t the way you think they SHOULD be? Is your current strategy working for you or do you need to change it? Can you do it on your own or could you benefit from an objective professional to help you think “out of the box”? Whether you are the president of your 1 man or 1 women business or president of the United States, seeking good counsel just makes good sense. You can’t know what you don’t know. A good advisor can help you develop insight, see things more clearly and open new options that you may not have been aware of or considered.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy or REBT for short was developed by the late and one of perhaps the most influential psychologists of all time, Dr. Albert Ellis. It was the first form of Cognitive Therapy which emphasized the tremendous power of ones’ thoughts, attitudes and beliefs on mood and emotion. It also paid far more attention to one’s present thoughts and behaviors without spending months and even years, exploring early childhood, dreams, the unconscious and related Freudian concepts which were very popular in those days. Now, fifty plus years later, REBT, along with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), are the most researched and proven methods for relieving emotional suffering of all sorts and helping people live happier and more satisfying lives.
I am honored to have trained personally with Dr. Ellis and many of the excellent faculty at the Institute for Rational Therapy (now named, The Albert Ellis Institute) from 1980-1981 and to have been a part of the training of other therapists as a certified supervisor of the Institute.
As of next month, I will be offering training and supervision to licensed mental health professionals interested in learning the Art and Science of REBT and applying it with their own clients. Also next month, I will be presenting a 2 hour program on REBT for the graduate psychology interns at the Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton, FL.
Professionals interested in receiving training and/or supervision should send letter of interest to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Earlier this month I met with the Executive Director of the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety. Social anxiety can range from shyness and/ or mild discomfort in talking or being with others to panic-like symptoms and extreme avoidance of most people and social interactions. This pattern can lead to being isolated, picked on, developing low self esteem, severe depression and even suicide.
The purpose of the foundation is to educate mental health professionals about social anxiety and how to treat it and to provide hope, education and treatment options to individuals and their families affected by social anxiety disorder.
Since I have successfully treated many individuals with social anxiety disorder over the years, I was delighted to be included as a referral resource for the organization and possibly participate in future webinars that they may be offering in the near future.
For more information on the organization, visit, www.akfsa.org,
Apart from a form of exercise and even a method of relaxation, more and more research is amassing on the application and integration of Yoga Therapy in the mental health field. As I become a more experienced practitioner of Yoga (Iyengar style) and expand my readings of its uses with depression, anxiety and other mood and mind-body related problems, I find myself wanting to learn more. As a result, next month I will be attending an intensive 3 day workshop on yoga and the body and in June, plan to fly to Boston to attend an international symposium to learn from the leaders in the field, both from a research and clinical perspective.
New Blogs and Articles
I continue to write both blogs and articles, many of which are available for free on my websites, www.cognitivetherapy.cc and www.mentalskillstennis.com. Let me know what topics you are most interested in by e-mailing me at email@example.com
Until next month-
Dr. Robert Heller
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