Two Steps Ahead

Two Steps Ahead

After doing therapy for some time, it didn’t take me long to feel that I was involved in some kind of game as a therapist.  I began to feel like I was on candid camera or I was part of a mass prank.

Why Addiction?

Why Addiction?

Yesterday, I was thinking about why people become addicted.  Don’t remember where I heard this, but while thinking of this, something I learned years ago came back to me.  When we seek refuge in drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, love or whatever the addiction may be, we are attempting to satisfy one (or all) of these three needs:

REALITY, AND THE BRUTAL FACTS

REALITY, AND THE BRUTAL FACTS

ou can't overcome anxiety, addiction or depression without allowing yourself to, first, go outside of the box... a bunch.  People often emotionally limp into my office and look at me as if I have all the answers, thinking I have some magic word/pill that will set them on their feet again - without their effort.

Peace Be The Journey: Introducing Krista Thomas, RP

Peace Be The Journey: Introducing Krista Thomas, RP

When I think about who I am as a therapist and why I decided to pursue this wonderful and wacky helping profession, there are three memories that seem to encapsulate something that is very difficult to put into words.  

Are you a poor judge of…yourself?

Are you a poor judge of…yourself?

Ever been to court?  Ever stood in suspense as the judge contemplated your sentence?  I have. And it blows.  There's a sense of fear and dread, followed by this weird emotion of "whatever!  I'll deal with whatever comes down the pike!" all wrapped up into one discomforting package.


REVERSE ANXIETY: PART X, 7 HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

REVERSE ANXIETY: PART X, 7 HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

n therapy, one of the most tenacious foes I face is helping someone realize they're wrong.   Most people that come into my office are just dead wrong!  About what?  About what they believe about their future.  

Anxiety Can Be a Bully

Anxiety Can Be a Bully

Truth be told, I'm not completely free of anxiety myself.  There are times during performing therapy, for instance, that the "what if's" come to me like an eagle swooping down to claw up its prey.

Anxiety Tips and Tricks (tip 1)

Anxiety Tips and Tricks (tip 1)

I write a ton on anxiety.  And when I write I usually include 700 words or more.  Well, I want to include you busy readers as well.  So I'm going to post small clips of thoughts/skills/techniques that I believe can be helpful in overcoming anxiety:

Reverse Anxiety: Part VI, Calling Anxiety's Bluff

Reverse Anxiety:  Part VI, Calling Anxiety's Bluff

Our minds love to project us into a catastrophic future filled with doom and terror.  This part of our makeup can't help but flash images of certainty in front of us.

Reverse Anxiety: Part III, What I Say Anxiety Is NOT

Reverse Anxiety:  Part III, What I Say Anxiety Is NOT

I’m feeling my arms right now.  I turned 40 last month and I’m still here.  Despite the thousands of times I thought I was dying of a heart attack, suffocating or some other bizarre event like driving off the road because of intrusive thoughts, I’m still kickin’ and screamin.’  

Reverse Anxiety: Part II, What I Say Anxiety Is NOT!

Reverse Anxiety:  Part II, What I Say Anxiety Is NOT!

Process of illimination works great when diagnosing cars.  Going through a checklist of what is not the problem can be a great way to nail the problem done.    Let’s start off with what anxiety is not.