Automatic thoughts are mental functions that occur without conscious judgment, deeply affecting our actions and emotions. These thoughts, which occur depending on the events in the environment, originate from our more stable beliefs and schemas. These thoughts are considered by the person to be true. Negative automatic thoughts that lead to dysfunctional and unresolved moods…

More and more people seem to be burdened with some sort of mental illness or condition.  The medical industry, where much of the psychotherapy is conducted, seems hooked on palliative ‘solutions’ such as medication and curtailed programs of manualized ‘sausage-machine’-style psychotherapy which assume that every patient is the average patient.  There’s no time to actually…

The end of the school year is around the corner and it is that time of year again – it’s Finals time. Your teenagers are probably very stressed or getting stressed. There is a lot of things going on right now, Junior Prom, Senior Ball and other end of the year activities. As I stated…

Many kids, despite what they say, really enjoy school. They like seeing their friends, their teacher and learning. However, some kids are not as excited and even worried about going to school. Many of these kids were bullied last year and they are afraid of being bullied again this year. Often when a child is…

After a divorce there are still issues to address. One of the major issues is child custody and visitation, especially exchanges for visitations. The issues usually are addressed in the divorce settlement and the Court Mediation report. However, even though the Mediation Agreement attempts to address these issues, there are usually still issues. I have…

A fresh outlook is required in dealing with the emotional stress of life. Take five minutes to picture a positive outcome toward stress. I suggest you do this before going to bed. This will give you time to really sleep on it. Using the word fresh, such as fresh orange juice, fresh muffins, fresh air,…

Many men and women in the military have significant problems adjusting to civilian life after active duty.  They have problems sleeping.  They are agitated and jumpy, easily angered.  Thoughts and images about the war come back to them at unwanted times in unwanted ways.   They often feel emotionally disconnected from others including family.  …