“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
― Maya Angelou, The Complete Collected Poems
Students, take note of the emotions you’re feeling as you approach the new school year, chances are, others feel similarly. You are not unlike your peers; while it’s not always evident, your similarities far outweigh your differences. You share in many of the same joys, concerns and hopes. May you find understanding, support and togetherness in your efforts to have a good year!
I recently returned from a workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents at the Beck Institute in suburban Philadelphia. At age 90, Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of CBT, addressed workshop participants, answered questions of all sorts and engaged in therapist-client role-play. It was gripping to see such a master at work. His daughter, eminent clinician and educator, Dr. Judith Beck was also a powerful and insightful contributor to conversation. As a nice touch, she signed my copy of her book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Basics and Beyond, 2nd ed.
The primary workshop presenter was Dr. Torrey Creed. She was a talented and engaging presenter who demonstrated top-notch skill and knowledge of CBT. I found her to be so genuine and effective in her approach to therapy – a true inspiration. While I was confident that I would take away considerable knowledge from attending this prestigious institute, never did I image the extent to which this experience would invigorate me! With great excitement, I plan my future endeavors with the Beck Institute and find that the bar is now higher for what I can achieve professionally. Goal setting just became more fun!
I’ve been in my new office as of July 1 and have enjoyed getting the space sorted out and decorated. I’m excited to have my practice up in running in this great location; for those of you that come to the office, I hope you find it a comfortable and positive environment!
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