Green and Environment

Therapist Interview: Felix Treitler Leaves the Couch Behind

Midweek Mental Greening

You might remember my post about Felix Treitler's new spin on therapy a few weeks ago.

If not, here's a little refresher course: Felix Treitler is a Boston-based Certified Tennis Professional and Licensed Therapist who has combined his love of physical activity and helping others to create an interesting kind of therapy.

This week, I was able to email with Treitler about this new kind of "sports therapy" (for which I learned there is a more appropriate name), how he came to combine his two passions to provide this therapy to clients, and the positive responses he's received from both clients and mental health professionals thus far.

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Anxiety and Panic

Worrying About The Swine Flu? Some Pesky Questions

Another blogger here wrote a great piece on reducing your anxiety about the swine flu outbreak. My post is going to be a little different, a little less on the practical side. No global truths or silver bullet theories, just honest human wonderings about worrying and this swine flu thing. I'm about to be the pesky six year old in your family who bombards you with questions at holidays.

1- Is all...
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When You Disclose Too Much in Therapy

A normal part of the psychotherapy process is something therapists call "disclosure." This is simply your telling the therapist your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, which is a normal process of most types of psychotherapy. Sometimes, though, we have thoughts or feelings which are very near and dear to our hearts, or feelings or experiences that we are deeply embarrassed about. When we share such experiences or feelings in therapy, we might...
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Anxiety and Panic

What, Me Worry? Swine Flu

Picture the little kid crying in front of Mom. She's wagging a finger at him saying, "I'll give you something to cry about!" Anyone else feeling that way or is it just me? Terrorism, recession, and now what? Swine flu? Oy! What's next? A plague of locusts?

Once again the media pounces and every five minutes we are hounded by how we shouldn't panic. So much of what's in the news right now is about as helpful as someone yelling...
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You Really Hate Me? On Taking Criticism (Real or Imaginary)

I guess we depressives are a tad sensitive. On the comment box of my post, "Brain Changes After Depression," many readers confessed that they take criticism the same way I do--as a life sentence--and appreciated the scientific explanation as to why we might do that. Reader Leslie wrote:

Oh, I can so identify with this. I've come close to suicide at times because of my fear response to criticism. I hope it helps you as it helps me to know it's not because...
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Video: Sticky Thoughts

I am at war against my thoughts most of the day. "I stink at this. She hates me. I'm a bad mom." Blah. Blah. Blah. So, much of my therapy involves finding tools to help me filter and let go of negative thoughts so that my day isn't ruined by them. A visualization to the rescue yet again! Actually two. I hope these help you as much as they have helped me in the last few weeks.

Summary 1: Don't be a sucker.
Summary 2: Let it go.

You'll see what I mean. Click through to view the video...

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