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Monthly Archives: February 2019

  1. New Research Shows the Power of 1 Session of Guided Imagery on Anxiety

    New Research Shows the Power of 1 Session of Guided Imagery on Anxiety

     

    A revealing pilot study by Australian researchers investigating what helps people suffering from social anxiety, shows the immediate and powerful impact guided imagery, as compared to a more verbal/mental approach.

    The research compared 2 different interventions - Imagery Rescripting and Verbal Restructuring - comparing them to each other after one group session of each, and both to a no treatment/waitlist condition.

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  2. Keep an Eye Out for These Terrific Upcoming Conferences!

    Keep an Eye Out for These Terrific Upcoming Conferences!

    Hello.

    It’s time to mention some terrific upcoming learning opportunities. They all seem to be happening in California. The state is popping with exciting conferences and symposia, starting this April with a fresh, one-of-a-kind integrative mental health conference. Check out these 3 opportunities.

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  3. A Surefire Breathing Trick to Kick Winter Gloom

    A Surefire Breathing Trick to Kick Winter Gloom

    Greetings, everyone.

    Well, it’s February here in Cleveland, at the base of the Great Lakes, where the sun gets obscured by lake-effect cloud cover. This dreary weather starts in November and can last all the way through March.

    So, that means a lot of light-sensitive people end up experiencing mild to moderate depression, quite possibly from the weather alone. 

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  4. Okay, So What Really Makes Us Happy and Healthy?

     

    Here's a TED talk by psychiatrist Robert Waldringer, the fourth director of a 75-year-old Harvard longitudinal Study of Adult Development, begun in the '30s, on what keeps us happy and healthy. (Actually, this is a study of what keeps men happy and healthy, just to pick a bone on who gets studied in most research ... but that's a battle for another day.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-7zAkwAOYg

    The study looked at the lives of 724 men, from their teens into their 90's. Half were Harvard sophomores and half were from Boston's poorest neighborhoods. Sixty of the original men are still alive, most of them in their nineties.

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  5. 12 Step Programs - Helpful?

    12 Step Programs - Helpful?

    Hello Belleruth,

    I have found the 12 step program to be a helpful adjunct to traditional psychotherapy. I was raised by alcoholic parents, though like many such children, for years I was consciously unaware that there was anything “wrong” with my home life. Life may have been stressful and tumultuous, but it was up to me to make it better. I accepted the unreasonable challenge of molding the world to my will, and any small / temporary successes I accrued were, of course, to my own great personal credit. There being little else to own, I really owned this aspect of myself. Unbeknownst to me I was building the resume of a survivor - a survivor that carried within her the very same misshapen ideals, the unrealistic expectations, and ultimately the sickness that ravaged the lives of my parents.

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  6. Can I Get Your New 12 Step Audio Downloaded to a Phone?

    Can I Get Your New 12 Step Audio Downloaded to a Phone?

    Dear BR,

    I have been using your CDs for over 15 years & swear by them. A friend of my daughter is 7 days sober. She is a phone person, so I would like to know if the MP3 is to be downloaded on to a phone or should I get her an MP3 player. Old school here, but I think she would really benefit listening to your new Dr. Leviton guided imagery.

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  7. I Am Put Off by Your Support of Alcoholics Anonymous & the Twelve Steps

    I Am Put Off by Your Support of Alcoholics Anonymous & the Twelve Steps

    Belleruth,

    I am put off by what you have to offer. Health Journey's full support of Alcoholics Anonymous is appalling. AA views people through a deficit-based lens. Proof for this statement exists on your website. It calls people who use substances as "skinless", "self-deluded", and "addicts". This kind of language hurts people who struggle with compulsive behavior. It violates some of the basic principles of our social work profession.

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  8. How Open-Minded is Your New 12 Step Audio?

    How Open-Minded is Your New 12 Step Audio?

    Hello Belleruth,

    My question is about this version of 12 steps from C.L. I would like to buy but the 12 Steps seem to be very fatalistic:

    #1 powerless about XYZ, #2 only help through an external power-force, #6 & #7 change my situation only through an external power-force

    That is what they say and what they try to believe, as I see on my sister and on Wikipedia. I would not like to reinforce this IMO disbeliefs/limitations into my head by a well-made hypno-file.

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  9. Help for an Alcoholic Struggling with Addiction for 25 Years

    Help for an Alcoholic Struggling with Addiction for 25 Years

    Dear Belleruth,

    I’m wondering if you have any programs that could help an alcoholic trying to achieve sobriety after 25 years of addiction. He is having a very difficult time.

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