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Using Skills

Yes, I know my post is several days late.  This has been an up and down week for me.  I have had to utilize multiple skills to try to manage the events of the week.  Here is a list of some of my own coping skills from the week:

Mindfulness: being in the moment and noticing the moment for what it is
Thought Awareness: Being aware of what thoughts I’m actually having, where they came from, and seeing them as just thoughts and not necessarily truths.
Mindfulness of Emotion: Different than mindfulness in that I have allowed myself to experience emotions, both pleasant and painful.
Self-care: Exercise, taking time for me, enjoyable activities.
Interpersonal Connection: Talking with loved ones and participating in activities with those I care about and who care about me.

I’ve often been asked about what happens in therapy.  No, people don’t just come sit on a couch and “cathart” their feelings out.  People learn to utilize new skills, see life differently, and effectively manage life.  And, as therapists, we use the same methods to try and be effective in our own life.  Life is going to throw us curve-balls, that’s a guarantee.  It’s what we do with those curve balls that determines our outcomes.  We hope that in therapy, those outcomes are positive and life can become overall a good thing.

Until next time,
Kariah

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