Tagged with coping skills

Using CBT to deal with public speaking anxiety…

Using CBT to deal with public speaking anxiety…

Are you afraid of public speaking? Does that fear make you limit yourself in your professional and/or personal life with ‘avoidant behaviour’? Does that fear affect your performance if you do find yourself in a situation where you have to do it, preventing you from preparing well and giving your best? Cognitive behavioural training / … Continue reading

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Dublin, Ireland) – The Revolution in Psychotherapy – “thinking about thinking…”

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Dublin, Ireland) – The Revolution in Psychotherapy – “thinking about thinking…”

Many of today’s mental health experts are recommending Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a first choice treatment for pretty much all emotional disorders – stress, depression, anxiety, anger management etc.– rather than medication, or spending years undergoing the old style Freudian ‘shrink’  psychiatry. This blog is a free resource to help you to understand and … Continue reading

The ABC of CBT – the starter exercise/handout to catch your negative automatic thoughts…

The ABC of CBT – the starter exercise/handout to catch your negative automatic thoughts…

Introducing the ‘ABC’ Technique of cognitive behavioral therapy. If we cannot ‘catch’ our negative automatic thoughts, (how we are explaining things to ourselves, literally), then we cannot examine and challenge them. CBT gives you homework and exercises designed to guide and mentor you in the process of identifying unhealthy distorted thinking, and reframing it to healthy … Continue reading

The perils of MUSTERBATION (‘demand thinking’)

The perils of MUSTERBATION (‘demand thinking’)

Do you suffer from musterbation? Is it always ‘must‘ and ‘should‘ and ‘ought‘ with you? This is a phrase coined by the renowned father of CBT, Albert Ellis. Musty thinking is a classic recipe for general anxiety and unhappiness. In psychotherapy it is also known as inflexible ‘DEMAND THINKING’, and ‘RULES FOR LIVING’. Let’s take … Continue reading

A MindMap of a CBT Workshop (Northside Partnership Local Unemployment Services, Dublin, Ireland)

A MindMap of a CBT Workshop (Northside Partnership Local Unemployment Services, Dublin, Ireland)

As a freelance trainer, I teach a workshop called ‘Making Choices’ for the unemployed. The flexible modules include theory and application of the latest proven methods and strategies for great psychological health (more specifically the self help components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and an introduction to MindMapping, a wholebrain colour and imagery mapping skill for … Continue reading

When stress becomes a disorder.. a CBT view

When stress becomes a disorder.. a CBT view

Is your stress taking over? Here’s how to find out, and fix it. Thousands of Irish people who are suffering from elevated and dangerous levels of stress as a result of the economic crisis are in danger of developing anxiety or depression. The dangers of stress are not widely enough understood – people need to … Continue reading