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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Explained

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on changing the way people think and behave. It is one of the most widely used forms of psychotherapy in the world, and it has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. What is CBT? CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected. In other words, the way we think about things can have a big impact on how we feel and how we behave. CBT helps people to identify negative or unhelpful thinking patterns, and to learn how to challenge these patterns and replace them with more helpful ones. How does CBT work? CBT is typically conducted over a series of weekly or biweekly sessions. In each session, the therapist will work with the client to identify specific problems that they are facing, and to develop a plan for addressing these problems. The plan may include a variety of techniques, such as: Cognitive restructuring: This involves identifying and challenging negative or unhelpful thoughts. Behavioral experiments: This involves testing out new behaviors in order to see if they lead to more positive outcomes. Exposure therapy: This involves gradually exposing people to situations that they find anxiety-provoking, in order to help them overcome their fear. What are the benefits of CBT?
CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including: Depression, Anxiety disorders, Eating disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Substance abuse, Chronic pain, and Insomnia

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Florida Psychologists Gain PsyPACT

Dr. D’Arienzo was intimately involved with PsyPACT legislation this year (2023). In early spring, he was fortunate to meet with Florida Senator Traci Davis, and Florida House Representatives Clay Yarborough, Wyman Duggan, and Sam Garrison to discuss the importance of passing PsyPACT and they did! In fact, it had unanimous support in the Senate and House!!!
Dr. D’Arienzo is already an approved PsyPACT Psychologist through Texas; however, he will be switching his PsyPACT state to Florida on July 1, 2023. PsyPACT: How FPA got it Across the Finish Line An  effort that began in 2018 is now reality. Many of you may be wondering “what took so long?” To help with that understanding, I want to share with you what the process entails: Finding the right House and Senate sponsors- these are legislators who have the desire, ability, and power to get things done- and hopefully aren’t term limited before you get your legislation passed.
Gaining the support of House and Senate leadership- this includes six committee chairs and the leaders of the House and Senate (which all change every 2 years) and the Governor. Assuring the legislation: (1) is drafted identically in the House and Senate: (2) follows the model language required by PsyPACT; and (3) has language that remains consistent in the House and Senate versions. Educating legislators and the Governor’s office on why PsyPACT is important for patient care continuity and how Florida standards are maintained Shepherding the bill through three House Committees and three Senate committees in a 2-month session. This requires constant contact with the Chairs of each of these committees.

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Benefits of Taking an Online Premarital Preparation Course

Getting married is a big decision, and it’s important to be prepared for the challenges and joys that come with it. An online premarital preparation course can help you and your partner build a strong foundation for your marriage. Here are some of the benefits of taking an online premarital preparation course: Flexibility: Online courses can be completed at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. This can be especially helpful if you have busy schedules or live in a rural area. Cost-effectiveness: Online courses are typically much more affordable than traditional in-person courses.
Convenience: Online courses can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This means you can take the course from home, work, or even on vacation.
Privacy: Online courses offer a safe and confidential space for couples to discuss personal topics.
Quality: Online courses are often taught by experienced professionals like psychologists who are experts in marriage and family counseling.
If you’re thinking about getting married, an online premarital preparation course is a great way to start your journey to a happy and healthy marriage.
Here are some of the topics that are typically covered in an online premarital preparation course: Communication: Effective communication is essential for any successful relationship. In an online premarital preparation course, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively with your partner, both verbally and non-verbally. Conflict resolution: Conflict is a normal part of any relationship. In an online premarital preparation course, you’ll learn how to resolve conflict in a healthy and productive way. Finances: Money is a major source of stress for many couples….

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