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At WBC we are dedicated to bringing you current and relevant information related to mental health issues. In this resources section you'll find a series of articles from studies conducted on various subjects along with self-help tips and editorials. Please feel free to contact us if there is a subject that you wish to learn more about.

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What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)? Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a brief, formatted, and present-oriented therapy designed to solve emotional problems by teaching skills that change negative thinking patterns and behavior. CBT is a type of therapy based on cognitive theory; i.e., that the…

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Marriage and couples counseling

  Marriage Therapy and Couples Counseling comprise very specific types of therapy. Marriage counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or going your separate ways. Marriages go…

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How to Choose a Therapist

Superb Therapy May Be Found Choosing the right therapist is a complex and extremely important matter, involving questions with licensing, training, degree, and, of course, personal comfort. Please find these issues discussed below for your assistance. Licensing: It is usually best to choose a therapist…

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Clinical Social Workers and Professional Therapists in Denver

  What is the difference between a licensed clinical social worker and licensed professional counselor or therapist? The short answer to this, from a clinical perspective, is that there are more similarities than differences. Both sets of professionals earn Masters degrees (e.g., Master of Social…

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Find a Denver Therapist

Every year, more than 30 million Americans experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. Proper mental health maintenance is just as important as physical health and regular visits to a doctor.  With the month of May being recognized as mental health month, Westside Behavioral Care in…

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New Study Finds Most Antidepressants Ineffective for Children and Teens

Almost all antidepressants are ineffective for depressed adolescents and children, and some of these medications may not be safe for use, according to Dr. Andrea Cipriani of the University of Oxford, one of the study’s main authors. He indicated that the evidence for these drugs…

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Knowing When Your Therapy Is Complete

  How long should therapy take? How long therapy takes depends on several factors: the type of problem or disorder, the patient’s characteristics and history, the patient’s goals, what’s going on in the patient’s life outside psychotherapy and how fast the patient is able to…

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Self-esteem and cosmetic surgery

People who have significant psychological issues or disorders are more likely to undergo cosmetic surgery. Their mental health may also actually deteriorate following surgery. A team of researchers from the Evidence for Policy Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI Centre) reviewed 192 studies on cosmetic surgery…

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Is Therapy Effective?

Some people wonder why they can’t just talk about their problems with family members or friends. Therapists offer more than someplace to vent. Therapists  have years of training and experience that help people improve their lives. And there is significant evidence showing that psychotherapy is…

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Westside Behavioral Care: Metro Denver Counseling and Social Networks

Westside Behavioral Care in Denver has integrated and expanded its local exposure by utilizing multiple platforms and forums to reach and inform new potential clients and the local community. Furthermore, we wish to extend more resources to current patients and create a sense of community…

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Insurance Coverage for Therapy: How Do I Pay for Therapy?

If you have private health insurance, Medicaid, military coverage, or Medicare, it may cover mental health services such as therapy. Before you start therapy, you should check with your insurance plan to see what is covered. Insurance companies vary in terms of which mental health conditions…

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Find a Good Therapist in Denver

Why choose a therapist? Therapists who specialize in psychotherapy and other forms of psychological treatment are highly trained professionals with expertise in mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and behavior change. After graduating from a four-year undergraduate college or university, therapists spend an average of…

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How to Begin Therapy

You may feel nervous about contacting a therapist. That anxiety is perfectly normal. But having the courage to overcome that anxiety and make a call is the first step in the process of empowering yourself to feel better. Just making a plan to call and…

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How You Can Reduce The Stress About The Holidays And Actually Enjoy Them : Notes from a Denver Psychologist

Many people over the years have asked me if I see more people for appointments in my private office during holidays than other times. The answer is not really because everyone is too busy to schedule even one more thing. So if you’re one of…

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Healthy Eating Habits For Healthy Families

Over the last 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than a third of children and teens are now overweight or obese. And unhealthy eating habits can continue into adulthood. Luckily, parents…

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How to Avoid a Blue Holiday Season
Denver Therapy Helps

For many, the holiday season brings with it an opportunity to celebrate, eat and be merry, engage in tradition, connect with friends and relatives, and to draw meaning from the spiritual significance of the season. For many others it brings financial stress, temptations to eat,…

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Helping Children Be Gentle in This Violent World

In a world where violence and cruelty seem so common, many parents wonder what they can do to help their children become kinder and gentler — to develop a sense of caring and compassion for others. Raising kids who care isn’t a solution to violence…

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Getting to the Goals – The Journey of Setting Them and Getting Them

Dream big! That’s what I tell my students and clients whenever I do a “goals list” exercise in a class or a session. I do this continually in my own life as I achieve goals I’ve set and add new ones to my list. Formulating…

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Do You Need Therapy?: Notes from a Denver Therapist

If you’re like most people, you probably have ups and downs. You might even have wondered: Do I need to see a therapist? But how do you decide? What is the difference between the normal ups and downs that everyone experiences and the kind of…

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Westside Behavioral Care Denver Counseling Social Network News

Westside Behavioral Care in Denver has integrated and expanded its local reach by utilizing multiple platforms and forums to reach and inform new potential clients. Furthermore, we want to extend more resources to current patients and create a sense of community with a more personalized…

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Healthy Divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible

No one enters into a marriage expecting it to fail. Still, more than 20 percent of first marriages end in divorce within five years, and 48 percent of marriages dissolve by the 20-year mark, according to 2006-2010 data from the government’s National Survey of Family…

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TEACHING CHILDREN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE ( E.Q.)

As parents, we all want our children to succeed in both the academic and the emotional realms of their lives. Parents and teachers can become so focused on the academic realm that they neglect the emotional one. The more emotional intelligence a child has, the…

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Denver Therapy and Relationship Counseling – Ready to Reconcile?

Relationships are some of the most complicated things that we humans create. They can be very rewarding, but for some of us relationships become burdensome for more reasons than one. Often simple relationships are rocked by life-altering events or sometimes because of simple misunderstandings that…

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Inositol and the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

At the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference in 1996, a paper was delivered on the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with inositol, one of the B-vitamins. It seemed to indicate that this might be a viable treatment for OCD. As someone who treats OCD and…

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Protect Against Age-Related Cognitive Decline With Healthy Fats

A team of researchers at the University of Bari-Policlinico in Bari, Italy, using prevalence data from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging (with nearly 6,000 subjects aged 65 to 84), found a statistically significant, inverse relationship between the amount of monosaturated fatty acids (MUFA) consumed…

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Guarding Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Nearly 60 percent of people worldwide incorrectly believe that Alzheimer’s disease is a typical part of aging. In fact, Alzheimer’s is a fatal, progressive disease impacting at least 44 million people worldwide yet it is widely misunderstood. Anyone with a brain is at risk for…

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Healthy Eating Habits for Children and Adolescents

Over the last 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than a third of children and teens are now overweight or obese. And unhealthy eating habits can continue into adulthood. Luckily, parents…

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Making Stepfamilies Work

The so-called “blended family” is no longer an aberration in American society, including right here in Denver. It’s a norm, and it often requires family counseling to solve various problems. Planning for Remarriage A marriage that brings with it children from a previous marriage presents…

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Exercise versus Medication for Depression

 There is a growing number of studies suggesting that regular aerobic exercise is effective as a treatment for major depression. Here is a summary of one such study, which showed that exercise was just as effective as antidepressants for this disorder: The study was published…

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Eating Disorders

In a society that continues to prize thinness even as Americans become heavier than ever before, almost everyone worries about their weight at least occasionally. People with eating disorders take such concerns to extremes, developing abnormal eating habits that threaten their well-being and even their…

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