NOTICE: St. Cloud office will be closed effective from June 1st, 2019 due to a move. Currently only online counseling clients are accepted.
Office will be closed from May 4th to May 14th, 2019.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was invented in 1970's to help people change their thoughts to change their moods. Is it possible?
When you are mad, you are 100% sure that the feelings that you are feeling toward a situation, your spouse, or a supervisor are reality and no other way to feel about the situation, your spouse, or the supervisor.
You continue to be mad, and started being tired of being angry all the time. You want to be happier, less angry, and have your life back, but you do not know how...
You think that your feeling is true and your reality you are seeing is true, and there is no other way to change it.
CBT challenges you to change your thoughts to feel differently. You may think, "what are you talking about? My thought about the situation, my spouse, or the supervisor for the given situation are the true thought. That is the fact."
CBT asks you to identify your automatic negative thoughts of the given situations or about you. Do you have thoughts like "I am worthless," "I am a hopeless looser," "my life will never get better," "my wife will never change," "this world is a bad place, I cannot trust anyone,"or "my past ruined my life."
Since these kind of automatic negative thoughts pop up in our mind all the time, we start thinking that they are true. It becomes our habits to think that way, and the habits reinforce the negative thoughts.
CBT provides a variety of techniques to change the thoughts and beliefs, so that you can feel good about yourself, be happier, and can create more a balanced and positive life.
Have you ever been consumed by negative emotions such as anger, resentment, or frustration. Do you know that these negative feelings are very addictive, and drain you out. These negative feelings can damage you and your life emotionally, physically, spiritually, and psychologically. The more negative you feel, the more negativity you will find. You may interpret even smiles from others as negative.
You will get what you focus on. If you focus on negativity, you will get one. If you want to be happier, achieve your highest potential, and enjoy your life, you can.
Yes, You CAN.
We create our story. We can create our story we want to live. What kind of story you want to live?
Imagine, if you were 86 years old, what would you tell yourself? Would you think about trying triathlon?
Take a look at the "Iron Nun."
Only obstacle in our life is ourselves. Our thoughts can limit ourselves, or allow us to thrive in many ways. Which life do you want to live?
The following video describes ADHD and cognitive behavioral therapy by J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.
This is a good introduction of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and can be applied to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem as well.
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