Meet Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, a CBT therapist who specializes in the treatment of mothers with parenthood-related anxiety as well the broader issues in anxiety.
She describes her approach to therapy like this: "We CBT therapists ask patients to do really difficult work.
So I strive to help patients feel comfortable and validated and understood even as they are facing their greatest fears.
I think humor is so critical in exposure therapy. Anxiety feels much less threatening when you can laugh at it a little bit."
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OK, it doesn't pretend to cure all things, but it's heading in the right direction. A New Zealand publication, NZNewsroom, highlighted a bot that practices CBT.
As the writer noted, "It’s a fairly basic CBT experience but for someone looking to take a step in any direction that’s not down, it’s a non-confrontational and almost non-committal way to start the shift.
And sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Just a tiny nudge or turn of the dial to begin the road to putting pants on."
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Social Anxiety often starts sometime between middle school and college, just at the time when adolescents are moving into adulthood and into broader, new social settings.
It affects about 12% of the population, and often takes more than a decade for a sufferer to seek treatment, if at all.
Kathy HoganBruen explores the disorder and how CBT addresses them. It's a great refresher for those wanting to understand how CBT works and how it might be used to help a person overcome social anxiety.
One section discusses exposure: taking little steps like making eye contact, learning to interrupt, or practicing returning a shirt that doesn't fit, all the way up to adult tasks like opening a bank account or asking for a loan.
Another section, on mindfulness, looks at anxiety and action. The hope is to remove anxiety but, even if we're still anxious, to do what we want to do in spite of it.