Posts tagged panic disorder therapists
#shrinkthinks - Banish Those Negative Thoughts And Emotions

Interrupt those negative, life-draining thoughts that serve to maintain faulty brain wiring AND keep you looping in the familiar. The next time a negative thought, or the memory of pain or anger comes to mind, simply say to yourself "stop," "go away," or “I release you” and visualize yourself free and without this negative distraction. Learning to interrupt habitual, repetitive thoughts or distortions, called "thought stopping" or "thought interrupting" in CBT, can be a challenge, and definitely takes practice. So what do you do with the empty space once you decide to banish unhelpful thoughts? It's important to replace the negative cognitions with a more realistic thought or experience that is reassuring, beneficial and more aligned with the changes you'd like to make for yourself.

Okay, so sometimes thought stopping doesn't work. Why? For some, the CBT strategy of "thought interrupting" backfires, to such an extent that all they can think about is the thing, thought or feeling that they're trying to stop. If this describes you, then end the struggle because, for now, acceptance may be the most helpful solution.

What does acceptance look like? One example is: "I tend to worry about things a lot because I 

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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Psychotherapist + Consultant who splits her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe, providing online therapy to individuals and couples. With extensive training and experience, she provides psychological consultation, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and executive coaching to a range of clients including VIP's + high-profile clients. As a women's emotional health + relationship expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief and women's mentoring. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, meditation, travel and really good key lime pie. She lives with her husband, psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal websites KimSeelbrede.com, Santa Fe Integrative Psychotherapy or Well+Being Blog.

The Panic Trap

I must be dying... or, could it be a panic attack? It happens... You are driving your car, and as you approach the bridge that you've crossed a million times with ease, your heart begins to race, your hands tremble, and as you gasp for air, you notice that there is no place to pull over or stop the car. You feel trapped in the center lane, so you move to an outer lane, and you're not sure why, but you think it helps. A sense of impending doom overwhelms you as you will yourself to focus through the dizziness and weird sensations. You grip the wheel and attempt to distract yourself. Just drive you tell yourself. You turn the radio up very loud. You sing, perhaps scream. The episode begins to subside as you move closer to the exit of the bridge. What just happened? As you stroll towards your office on a seemingly ordinary day, out of the blue, you experience this strange feeling -- disconnected and unreal -- you no longer feel in control. Familiar things around you begin to blur, the buildings sway, fingers tingle, you think something serious is going on inside your body. No, you're quite sure of it! You notice your heart skipping and pounding as you feel for your pulse. You begin to wonder if you're having a heart attack. It begins to subside, but maybe

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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Psychotherapist + Consultant who splits her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe, providing online therapy to individuals and couples. With extensive training and experience, she provides psychological consultation, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and executive coaching to a range of clients including VIP's + high-profile clients. As a women's emotional health + relationship expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief and women's mentoring. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, meditation, travel and really good key lime pie. She lives with her husband, psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal websites KimSeelbrede.com, Santa Fe Integrative Psychotherapy or Well+Being Blog.