What's the Secret?
Sunday, February 17, 2013 • 5:21pm
What’s the secret ingredient to a Fabulous Life? I’ve been studying this over the past 18 years that I’ve been a therapist helping clients work through and overcome emotional challenges. I’ve thought about my own struggle with depression and bulimia in college and how I was able to successfully challenge my thinking and behaviors and break the negative habit cycle.
I also know a lot of people personally who many would judge have a “fabulous life”, however these people aren’t satisfied or happy. Some are negative, others pessimistic, and still others hopeless and even downright difficult to be around.
So what’s the secret? There are many studies on this topic, but you don’t need to refer to them to know when you are with people who appreciate and enjoy the quality of their lives – people who are fun and lighthearted and optimistic. The answer to me is quite simple – the secret to a Fabulous Life is a positive attitude.
Being positive, sometimes even just acting positive, in the face of struggle and pain diminishes the intensity of a feeling or problem and makes it appear easier to challenge. More importantly, being positive just feels better.
At Mindsoother Therapy Center, we’ve helped many clients challenge their negative thinking and habit patterns to create lasting positivity. Many are even living and appreciating a second chance at they Fabulous Lives they crave.
Danna Markson, MSW, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in individual, family and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Danna has extensive experience working with Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as Relationship Issues and Life Transitions.
Danna has over 18 years of clinical experience working with clients using a variety of effective therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Structural Family Therapy. Her approach to therapy is simple; provide clients with a warm, safe environment to address their concerns, coach and guide them with practical strategies for change, and watch them grow.
In addition to her private therapy practice in Livingston, NJ, Danna is Co-Executive Producer of the documentary Someday Melissa: the story of an eating disorder, loss and hope as well as Directory of the non-profit organization, Someday Melissa, Inc. She is a prominent lecturer in the field of emotion regulation and eating disorders.
Danna is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Someday Melissa, Inc. is a proud member of the NEDA Network.
For more information, visit www.mindsoother.com
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