Avoiding Negative Emotions?

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Patients will often ask me, as we are exploring their feelings, what is the point of being in touch with their, for lack of a better word, negative emotions (anger, guilt, etc).  Would it not be better to simply avoid them? Could it make them worse off if they feel them? From my experience, avoiding […]

Do you need therapy?

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This title may seem like a silly question, as for most it is self-evident if you need therapy or not, yet there are many who are “on the fence” as to whether or not therapy could be helpful or needed, and still feel ashamed at the thought of going to see a therapist. Over the […]

Expressing emotions reduces fear and avoidance

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A recent study found that, paradoxically, subjects who expressed their emotions about what they fear, in this case, a tarantula spider, where able to get closer to the spider and have less anxiety doing so, compared to those who did not express their emotions first. The emotion expressing group even fared better than the group […]

Treatment for for those with Substance Abuse and PTSD

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An interesting study finds using an integrated treatment approach to those suffering from both PTSD and substance abuse works best. What is intriguing about the study is that the authors assert their research findings challenge the assumption that clients need to be clean and sober first before doing any trauma work. They believe that trauma work can […]