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By: Chelsea Psychology  06-Jul-2011
Keywords: Anxiety Counselling, Stress Counselling, Clinical Psychologist

I have recently been asked about how to manage negative thoughts. The request has come at a good time, as I am overhauling the way I help myself and others with thoughts that lead to unwanted feelings.  Many researchers and writers are examining how positive thoughts and affirmations can rewire the brain. The research is showing how changes in thoughts can change your mental and physical health. At University, I was taught Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, where negative thoughts are identified. We then explore how the thoughts create physiological, behavioral and emotional consequences. The unhelpful thoughts are disputed and new rational thoughts are encouraged, that will lead to more palatable feelings. However, once trust is established, a more simple approach can be introduced. It takes a long time to help clients who have long term and significant trauma issues to arrive at a point where they can embrace this method, but it can help. Most of us in the Western world have brains that are hard-wired to wallow in criticism of ourselves or others. Why, when and where this tendency began is another story, but our negative thinking habits don’t help us. We need to catch ourselves out and recognise a negative thought for what it is.  This takes a great deal of discipline, especially at first, as our negative tendencies are very habitual.  Once a thought that is causing uncomfortable feelings is recognised, cancel it, and replace it with a more peaceful approach.  My daughter helped me with this earlier today. She was in Melbourne and we were speaking on the telephone. I complained (for others in my house to hear) that I was cold and the fire hadn’t been lit.  “Mum!  You could say that you really appreciate the way the fire is lit every day, and that you are very grateful that it will soon be lit, as it is a cold day and you love the warmth and ambiance that comes with an open fire.” That sounded much better to me, and now I am very grateful to be sitting near a warm fire, sipping my green tea:)
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Keywords: Anxiety Counselling, Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Depression Counseling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Social Phobia, Stress Counselling, Trauma Counselling

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