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6 days ago

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It can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming, making the decision to see someone about your mental health. So if you’re thinking about it, you’ve already made a big step.

The next is to choose what kind of therapist and therapy is right for you, and make the commitment to show up every time - both physically and emotionally.

It’s natural to be nervous about something new, especially when it involves exploring feelings you may not have considered ever before, so here is what to expect when you start therapy.

🌟 Therapists are not all the same. Don’t assume ‘any will do’. No good work can occur unless the therapeutic relationship is a comfortable match. Your therapist should make you feel safe and comfortable and that you can trust him or her. Don’t be afraid to try someone new if you don’t feel this way.
🌟 The movies might make you think of lying on a couch, pouring your heart out to a faceless man sitting behind you furiously taking notes, but in reality, therapy is much more interactive and comfortable.

Therapists are just normal people too, so they should introduce themselves, ask you questions about why you’re there and how they can help and make you feel comfortable. You’ll probably sit on chairs, facing each other, and it can feel quite informal.
🌟 Therapy isn’t a passive activity. It hinges on your willingness and commitment to do the work. It also depends on the issues you’re dealing with. You can’t predict how long it will take.

CBT can be quick to make changes in some cases, as it’s more prescriptive. Early childhood issues, that need psychotherapy, can take longer to work through. ‘Feeling better’ is totally subjective, and can change week to week, and there can be relapses. That’s normal.
🌟 Therapy isn't a magic bullet. Talking therapies are very effective, and have helped millions of people, but sometimes it’s not the right thing for you, or it’s not the right time. This doesn’t mean you, or the therapy, have failed, and it shouldn’t put you off trying it again in the future.

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1 week ago

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Radical acceptance may not be the easiest #DBT skill to develop but it’s totally possible to develop it.

It requires turning the mind over and over again back to the direction of acceptance as you bravely let go of the need for control and predictable outcomes.

It’s a life changing, perspective offering gift ✨💙

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2 weeks ago

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Positive language alternatives to foster communication...

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2 weeks ago

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What’s more important: IQ or emotional intelligence?

If you think IQ is more important, you might be surprised at what you’ll learn in this piece. Some argue that it’s more important to our success than cognitive intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is what we use when we empathize with our coworkers, have deep conversations about our relationships with significant others, and attempt to manage an unruly or distraught child. It allows us to connect with others, understand ourselves better, and live a more authentic, healthy, and happy life.

The 5 Components/Elements/Domains of the EQ Model

According to Daniel Goleman, there are five components or elements of emotional intelligence:

Self-Awareness;
Self-Regulation;
Motivation;
Empathy;
Social Skills.

Are you emotionally intelligent?

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3 weeks ago

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Gentle reminder...

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