Don’t Let Your Feelings Create Your Reality

This may be hard to believe but just because you are feeling something, does not mean that it is a fact.  While objectively many of us recognize that feelings ≠ facts, this common cognitive distortion (called emotional reasoning) tends to creep in and often shapes how we think about ourselves and the world.  So what […]
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Ambiguous Loss and Grief

Grief and loss are part of life, but how we recognize and experience loss and how we work with grief can vary differently depending on our cultures, belief systems, the type of loss, and more. Many of us recognize loss only as something concrete, the death of a mother, a father, a child, and so […]
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Social Media and the Brain

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are addicted to our phones and more specifically, social media. “The average person spends over 3 hours on their phone each day, including approximately 2 and a half hours on social media. While it may seem like a harmless pastime, research shows that doing anything […]
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Over-Generalizations Within Cognitive Distortions

Over-Generalizations Over-generalizations are one type of cognitive distortion that can impact mental health and well-being. What are they? Over-generalizations are, in essence, making assumptions about something that we do not really have enough evidence or knowledge about. Often it is a sweeping statement about things that might not be fair to assume (Martin, R., 2019). […]
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Sublimation: Is it a Cognitive Distortion, or an Adaptable Strength?

In our series of cognitive distortions, sublimation is one type of distortion that at first appearance does not seem like a negative ‘distortion’. Sublimation is, in essence, turning something that is perceived as a weakness or inappropriate to the society/culture, into something that is good and acceptable. It is adaptable as somewhat of a strength, […]
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Living a Life of Balance, What Does This Mean?

Balance. I Googled the definition and one variation I really liked, according to The Free Dictionary (2022) describes balance as, “A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or  elements, as in a design.” Sometimes when I hear people and even myself describing being better balanced, it almost feels like a task to add to the list of things we could be doing better,  which sounds […]
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Emotionally Preparing for the Holidays

  Although the holiday season has been called “the most wonderful time of the year” by some, for many of us it can feel like quite the opposite. Emotions and stress can be high as we engage in the season, leaving us vulnerable to triggers and overwhelm.  If you are feeling any of these things, […]
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The Never Enough Problem

Having lived in Colorado most of my life, an observation I have made is that “Denverites” are often transient people. We move quickly from one thing to the next. We seek out the new hip coffee shop or the popular brewery around the corner. We spend large amounts of money on new ski-wear and attempt […]
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The Practice of Gratitude

Ten years ago, after my older sister had died in a car accident, I received a package in the mail from a friend. I was beaten down with grief, feeling hopeless and confused as to how to navigate the sorrow. To my surprise, when I opened the box, I read the title of a book: […]
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