Information on Counseling and Psychotherapy

CBT and Cognitive Distortions, Part 2

As the first step in working with cognitive distortions is increasing awareness of the biased patterns of thinking, the second goes into “cognitive restructuring”. Here, the therapist will guide the individual to beginning to develop alternatives to the distorted thoughts, and thus, “replace” the harmful thoughts. Such alternatives will be facts or reminders that are […]

CBT and Cognitive Distortions, Part 1

One of the most popular and widely researched forms of therapy available today is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While CBT focuses on both the cognitive and behavioral dimensions of an individual’s functioning, one of the main focuses of this mode of therapy is identifying ways in which one’s thinking patterns are biased or distorted. In […]

Royal College of Psychiatrists website resources

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) is UK is the professional body that is responsible for the higher training of UK psychiatrists. The author has a conflict of interest here as a member. It has an active website that also contains a number of resources that might be of interest, including information about mental disorders […]

Validation in relationships

I found an interesting article on `validation` by Hall at Psychology Today (here) . It divides the techniques used for validation into 6 steps and has some worked examples. The article seems to be targeted at couples where one side feels the other is not sufficiently attentive or empathic. I would recommend the article for […]