Imagine your life based on choices made from the heart that line up with your core values. That’s what you get when you are mindful.

GROUP EXPECTATIONS: 

  • You are expected to attend consistently and to participate in a constructive manner.
  • Group runs 9:00 AM through 12:00PM, there are two 10 minute breaks.
  • Maintain Confidentiality. It is essential that everything said in group therapy is kept private by all group members and leaders. 
  • Respectful to others.  Expected to listen attentively, refrain from disruptive behavior, and tolerate differences in personal opinion and opposing value systems. 
  • No cellphones.

Imagine going about your life as normal and heading off to sleep at the usual time. Unknown to you, during the night, something happens – a miracle. When you wake up the following day, something exciting has happened. The very problem that brought you to see me today is no longer there. What would be the very first difference you would notice in your life?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How do you think your negative thoughts influence your behavior? Give an example.
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What is negative self talk?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How does negative self talk impact your recovery? 
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How could/should you change this? 
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List FIVE truths about yourself. I am... 
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Depression

  • I feel depressed - sad, hurt, disappointed, down, disappointed, lost, unhappy, despairing, dejected, disheartened, low, miserable, empty.
  • I feel guilt - ashamed, at fault, bad, responsible.
  • I feel hopeless - discouraged, pessimistic, desperate, defeated.
  • I feel inferior - inadequate, useless, worthless, undesirable, flawed, incompetent, second-rate, defective.
  • I feel tired - exhausted, drained, weary, worn out, fatigued, lethargic, sleepy, wiped out.
  • I feel unmotivated - uninterested, bored, turned off, burdened.
  • I feel lonely - abandoned, unwanted, alone, isolated, rejected, lonesome, unloved, friendless.

Anxiety

  • I feel anxious - worried, apprehensive, panicky, afraid, uptight, fearful, scared, tense, frightened, nervous, terrified, alarmed.
  • I feel shy - foolish, humiliated, self conscious, mortified, flustered, embarrassed, awkward, timid.
  • I feel stressed - overworked, pressured, burned out, strained, tense, besieged, frazzled, overwhelmed. 

Anger

  • I feel angry - mad, resentful, upset, pissed off, irritated, furious, ticked off, incensed, enraged, irate, annoyed, aggravated.
  • I feel frustrated - stuck, thwarted, stymied.
  • I feel criticized - picked on, blamed, put down, intimidated, insulted, defensive, judged, condemned.
  • I feel jealous - envious, mistrustful, suspicious, paranoid.

Questions to Reflect On

1. Personal Affirmation. I AM…__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. What is one positive change you have noticed in yourself since starting your recovery journey?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.  What is a COGNITION? How do Cognitions impact your recovery?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Case Study - Dr. David Burns (the birth of his son).

4. What life situation did he face?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. How was he feeling?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

6. What thoughts did he have?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

7. How did he change those thoughts?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8. How did this affect his behavior?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

9. What did impact the outcome he experienced?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________