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Author Archives: Catie Verano

A Thought About OCD

A Thought About OCD

Many young people and adults struggle with various forms of Obsessive Compulsive and Anxiety disorders.  Major symptoms of these disorders are intrusive thoughts and fears; they can often be plaguing, distressing, and senseless. For almost all types of OCD, the unwanted thoughts are combatted by a compulsive ritual: washing hands for fear of contamination, double […]

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Christmas is Here!

Christmas is Here!

Christmas. Expectation: spiced lattes and cozy weather; elaborate decorations and decadent treats; cheerful parties and family fun. Reality: missed holiday parties, angry friends, financial stress, and inconvenient weather. The picture we paint in our heads is so often different from the reality we experience, especially when it comes to Christmastime! While everyone’s “reason for the […]

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Attending Skills

Attending Skills

Ask open-ended questions. Avoid yes-or-no questions. Avoid “why” questions which block communication Use “what” and “how” Use minimal encouragement: Nodding of head, eye contact “Uh-huh” “Yes” “Go on” “And” “Because” Avoid rescuing. Allow the other person to have pain, confusion, sadness, and anger as part of their learning. Nurture without bleeding with them; keep objective. […]

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Effective Listening

Effective Listening

Assertive listening involves an active commitment to the other person. It requires your full attention,and calls for no overt act on your part, although eye contact and certain gestures– such as nodding– are often appropriate. Listening demonstrates your respect for the other person. It requires that you avoid expressing yourself for a time, yet it is not […]

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