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The ABC’s of CBT

The ABC’s of CBT

How many of the following can you describe? CBT, DBT, BT, CT, RET, E/RP, ACT, EMDR, MBSR. The world of cognitive behavioral therapy can, at times, seem like alphabet soup. As behavioral therapy has evolved from B.F. Skinner and Ivan Pavlov, branches to the cbt tree...
Are you an “overscheduler”?

Are you an “overscheduler”?

Our lives are often so busy that instead of intentionally choosing to bring balance into our day, we try to “fit it all in” (often in an effort to please others). Scheduling activities too closely together throughout the day and through the week can create an inner...
Self Compassion in Motherhood

Self Compassion in Motherhood

Shanna Farmer, LMFT, the Assistant Director of the Anxiety and Depression Center, gave a talk to a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group in San Juan Capistrano. The talk, Self Compassion In Motherhood, is a critical topic for mothers and was extremely well received....
The Pandemic’s Toll on Relationships

The Pandemic’s Toll on Relationships

The LA Times recently discussed with Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D. and Shanna Farmer, MFT, BCETS the pandemic’s toll on relationships. and what you can do about it. Their suggestions include grieving, acknowledging the good in your relationships, acknowledging that...
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Our brains are hard wired to focus on threat, danger and vulnerability, and 2020 has given us a lot to focus on: a global pandemic, overcrowded hospitals, loved ones sick and dying, political conflict and unrest, economic uncertainty and racial injustice. There is no...