Predicting the Coronavirus New Normal

The New Yorker, May 10, 2020 “When will all this be over and we return to normal”? The experts predict that life will return to normal only after a vaccine and antibody testing are readily available. The forecasts range from this fall to 18 months from now. Until then, as the world reopens we will … Continue reading Predicting the Coronavirus New Normal

Reopening from Lockdown, and Staying Calm

Please consider supporting Dry Bones: Donate In my previous blog, I described that many of us are experiencing a lot of feelings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown. I suggested creating plans with contingencies to help manage the anxiety. Your mission in the next phase of the pandemic is to (a) … Continue reading Reopening from Lockdown, and Staying Calm

Why do I feel this way? I feel like an emotional pinball!

One of my clients shared the following story: “After two weeks without leaving my apartment, I decided to go out to buy some groceries. At first, I was wary and concerned about being exposed to the coronavirus. Then, at the store, I immediately became anxious. I was told I had to do all sorts of … Continue reading Why do I feel this way? I feel like an emotional pinball!

Protecting Your Marriage Relationship During the Stress of the Coronavirus

With the spread of coronavirus, many of our clients are spending 24-7 with their partner which can be challenging, or can bring new levels of intimacy. It is important, therefore, that we teach our clients to protect their relationship during this time of distress, and even to use the experience to improve their relationship. A … Continue reading Protecting Your Marriage Relationship During the Stress of the Coronavirus

Choosing to Be Stubbornly Happy: No One Makes You Angry

Is your client a victim of anger? Empower them to be stubbornly happy. “OMG! He makes me so angry! He pushes my buttons.” When you hear this, what thoughts come to mind? This person believes someone else causes her to be angry. She has adopted a “victim” role. If she rigidly holds on to the … Continue reading Choosing to Be Stubbornly Happy: No One Makes You Angry

CBT Backwards: An Example

As a follow-up to my last blog, Doing CBT Backwards: Using Journaling to Change Thinking, I present an example of an 85-year old, female client experiencing thoughts of anxiety. Through journaling between sessions, we are able to make changes to her thought patterns that help alleviate her anxiety. In session Therapist: How are you feeling today? … Continue reading CBT Backwards: An Example