Licensed Psychologist in Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Arkansas
Dr Cheryl Smith
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Uncontrollable life events such as loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, losing a job, health problems, financial stressors and "pandemics"can have adverse effects on one's emotional well-being causing depression, anxiety, chronic worry, health problems and feelings of being overwhelmed. We can also struggle when there is no known stressor making us frustrated, and even guilty, for feeling bad for "no reason".
Psychotherapy helps individuals learn skills which will allow them to accept and move past these "uncontrollables" so that emotional well-being can be restored. I teach clients how to be consciously aware of their thoughts and to accept uncomfortable emotions so that their behaviors are in line with what they truly value in life, making it more vital and meaningful.
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Cognitive-behavioral therapies focus on our thought processes. Mindfulness based skills help us observe our internal dialogue and physical sensations in the present moment. In doing so, we gain the ability to watch our thoughts instead of react to them. There is extensive research showing that both CBT and mindfulness based therapies are effective and can have a positive effect on one's mental health.
Overwhelming feelings of depression, anxiety, or loneliness can make it seem like you will never be happy or worry-free again.
In therapy, one can learn new skills to better deal with the wide range of emotions that can arise in our daily lives. This can bring a new perspective to thinking and more importantly impact your behavior, so that you can experience more joy in your everyday life.
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