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What is Cognitive Therapy?

Dec 12, 2018

Maybe a friend’s recommended it or you’ve read about it in the New York Times. What is cognitive therapy any way and what’s all the hype about?

Cognitive Therapy was created by University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Aaron Beck in the 1960s. At the time it was created, cognitive therapy marked a radical departure from the dominant therapy, namely psychoanalysis. Interestingly, Dr. Beck was in fact trained in psychoanalysis and developed cognitive therapy in the course of testing the psychoanalytic theory of depression—anger turned against the self. While interviewing depressed patients Dr. Beck observed distinctive thinking styles and thought patterns rather than self-directed anger…

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Community Nights Workshop (May 4, 2017): Helping a Student with Test Anxiety

Apr 25, 2017

Our upcoming workshop on Thursday, May 4, is Helping a Student with Test Anxiety. In my experience treating students of all ages in the New York City area, the ever-growing demands of middle and high school entrance exams, Regents exams, SATs, ACTs, and even typical classroom tests have presented an array of challenges, beyond the academic, for students and their families. The goal of this workshop is to provide parents with strategies they can use to help their children manage stress and build coping skills for school and test-related anxiety…

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Powerball as an Opportunity

Jan 21, 2016

In the wake of last week’s Powerball drawing, you’ve undoubtedly read or heard about the potential psychological hazards of Powerball. It preys on our delusional belief that the practically impossible from a statistical viewpoint could be possible for us. Then, we’re left reeling with the crushing disappointment of not winning or (more likely) the embarrassment at having played. I would like to suggest a different point of view: the Powerball is an opportunity. It’s a catalyst to begin acting more in keeping with your values and priorities NOW…

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