cognitive therapy

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy – REBT

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy  believes “People are disturbed not by things but by the view they take of them”. This famous quote by the ancient Greek philosopher, Epictetus is the foundation of one of the most powerful and influential approaches to mental health of our...

Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is a sub set of “performance anxiety”, and can be defined as an “ excessive and/or exaggerated worry over taking a test or fears about its consequences.” Many “good students” who perform well in class, study and prepare for the test often don’t perform up to what...

Bi-Polar Disorder

I received a phone inquiry recently from a mother concerning her adult son. Apparently, he has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and has had numerous problems with school, drugs and the law as a result. He was put on medication but has stopped taking it and has refused any...

Cognitive Therapy for Sleep Problems

Cognitive therapy for sleep problems has been and  especially for  insomnia, which accounts for over 80% of sleep problems. Sometimes, a behavioral analysis can help determine negative habits which interfere with the natural sleep process. Once identified, relatively simple,...

How to Handle a Bully

Would you like some ideas about how to handle a bully? Bullying is the threat of or actual physical assault of another person. Often it is pushing, shoving, grabbing, poking and sometimes punching and/or kicking. Bullies are often weak, insecure individuals who pick on perceiv...

Helping Kids Cope with teasing – Dr. Robert Heller

Helping kids cope with teasing has become an increasingly important topic in the news and in the schools.  As kids- both younger children and teens have faced chronic teasing and/ or bullying, stories have come to light of incidents where those who have been teased become...

Raising Well Adjusted Children

Raising well adjusted children is no easy task in today’s world.Being a psychologist who is affiliated with the secular humanistic Judaism, I attended services on the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah starts the holiday which ends ten days later on Yom Kippur. The time between...

Cognitive Therapy and Medication

As a psychologist in private practice, I see a lot  of clients who are depressed. They often ask about Cognitive Therapy and Depression. Many are on medications and would like to get off them. Some wonder if medications would help their depression.  Since I am not a medical...

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Humanistic Judaism

Rational Emotive Therapy and humanistic Judaism have a lot in common. Both were developed by dynamic leaders, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy by psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis and Humanistic Judaism by Rabbi Sherwin Wine. Having just returned from attending services on the...

Coping with Loss

Coping with Loss, particularly when it involves the death of a family member or friend is tough. I learned last week that Dr. Gerry Elmore, a caring, compassionate and skilled chiropractor I had gone to a number of times over the years had lost his battle with cancer after...
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