I am Dr. Stella Osemwegie, a licensed professional counselor. My practice is anchored in deep abiding faith of the human spirit to triumph.
Counselor in Phillipsburg, NJ
I often wonder how my person can handle both ACT and CBT in my practice. Some client s come and request CBT as treatment. You cannot persuade them otherwise. ACT appeals to me. ACT teaches how to change our relationship with our thoughts and feelings. It appeals to me because it is an approach that does not encourage wasting time in getting rid of stuff that actually belongs to you. ACT teaches pursuing a meaningful life in spite of difficult thoughts and feelings.
An event happens. A thought follows. The way that we interpret the situation drives how we react to it. An event that instilled fear in one person may create curiosity in another. I like it when my clients are able to identify thoughts that are distorted and irrational and not based on facts. They learn quickly that past experiences, what we hear or read and see can influence our thoughts.
Anxiety thrives because the human spirit pushes to survive, to find meaning, have impact, and surge ahead in all aspects of life. However, the human mind is easily troubled by what it personally experiences, see others experience, hears or anticipates what the future will be. And then there is the past that never really stays where it belongs. It rears its head often!
Loss happens in many areas of life. Our hearts bleed and tear when we lose a loved one, a relationship, job and things that are of meaning to us. Surviving and growing in spite of any loss is our hearts' desire.
Depression thrives on faulty thoughts and feelings. But thoughts belong to us and pushing them away is fruitless. Changing them may work for a while. The most enduring way to handle difficult thoughts and the accompanying feelings is acceptance.