Category Archives: Behavior Change

How group therapy works: Behavioral activation, personal relationships, groups, intimacy, connection, and growth.

Newer behavior therapies are looking at how people can change their behavior despite how they feel. The difficulty with focusing on behavior change is that most clinicians think that by focusing on behavior, private experiences such as thoughts and emotions … Continue reading

Three things you need to know about anger: Is it mentally “healthy”?

The problem with figuring out if anger is “good” or “bad”; “healthy” or “unhealthy” doesn’t allow any opportunity to figure out what anger does, how it works, and why it makes sense. Think of your living room couch. Is it … Continue reading

What should you do with the elephant in the room?

The elephant in the room usually refers to the thing that’s not being said. Typically the thing that is not being said should be obvious, but it is not. Things that don’t get said have a tendency to create a … Continue reading

Third wave behavior therapies, functions of behavior, depression, and dead conversations

Have you ever had a conversation with someone that you really cared about that ended up with them saying something like: “I’m not good enough.” “I don’t deserve that.” “I’m not worth it.” As a recipient of this conversation, you … Continue reading

Not on track with your New Year? Consider these 27 stages of change:

Be reminded on some gut level of why you want or need to change Avoid everything related to changing Consider those who have changed Compare yourself to those whose lives are different Attack yourself for not changing Start to take … Continue reading

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A guest blog post from Rachel Gargano: The food-mood connection

Rachel Gargano is a registered dietician practicing out of Stoneham, MA ( The following is a guest blog written by Rachel: The Food-Mood Connection Ever eat a meal or snack and end up feeling completely unsatisfied?  As though your stomach may … Continue reading

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Pleasant events and positive life experiences

One way in which we buffer negative emotion, stressful life events, and painful circumstances is to create opportunities for positive emotion, tell people about these opportunities, and plan activities and events in our lives that we look forward to doing. … Continue reading

How to change the behavior of someone you care about deeply

First, acknowledge what you cannot control. When others do things that are destructive, hurtful, irritating, annoying, or have painful consequences, the acknowledgement itself is simply a way in which you are looking and seeing what is actually going on. Not … Continue reading

Is your anxiety helping or hurting you?

1)   Figure out the benefit(s) of your anxiety. Anxiety is beneficial when it activates us to solve problems or gets us moving on a task or activity. Our anxiety may be the push we need to speak up or speak … Continue reading

For people who overeat and binge eat: The Appetite Awareness Workbook by Linda Craighead.

Problematic eating can occur when people are heavily relying on external cues, such as disapproval, criticism, serving sizes, food availability, calorie counting, or food rules. When people rely on external factors to determine the amount eaten, they often fail to … Continue reading

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