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Stretching the Therapy Dollar

By Tricia Andor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Ever wondered how to get more bang for your therapy buck? Supplementing the time you are in the therapy office with helpful readings about the issue you’re working on is one great way.

In my opinion, there are two great things about David Burns’ Feeling Good book. Number one, it can be read on your own time, and therefore costs nothing.Literally nothing. The first edition is old enough that it can be found at most public libraries or used bookstores.

Number two, the book has a lot to offer for dealing with cognitive distortions, which are so often in some way, shape, or form the culprits (or accomplices, at least) behind depression, anxiety, daily irritations, low self-esteem, procrastination, perfectionism, anger, and pessimism. The kinds of problems many people face on a daily basis.

Check out the following chart and see which distortions you tend to utilize most often.

Cognitive Distortions