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Better Ways to Cope with Stress: Your Way Out of the Toxic Triangle Cedar Falls IA

It is likely that you may begin to recognize the theme of relationships or a certain relationship in your diary accounts. As you begin to recognize the role of key people in these difficult times, use your reflective abilities to consider what it is about them that contributes to your sad or anxious feelings, or to your desire to drink or eat.

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(319) 266-6812
2302 W 1st St
Cedar Falls, IA
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Petronella Langley
(319) 268-9700
Covenant Clinic - Psychiatry, 2802 Orchard Drive
Cedar Falls, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Rand Afrikaans University
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Ralph S. Scott
(319) 266-6242
1515 Columbia Dr
Cedar Falls, IA
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Doctoral Program: University of Chicago
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-22

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Elizabeth Lefler
(319) 273-7637
334 Baker Hall
Cedar Falls, IA
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Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Family Psychotherapy
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Oklahoma State University
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(319) 268-9700
2802 Orchard Dr
Cedar Falls, IA
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Paula J. Gilroy
(319) 268-1947
3617 Panther Lane
Cedar Falls, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: W Virginia U
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James H. Harding
(319) 234-2893
824 Maucker Rd
Cedar Falls, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Stress Management or Pain Management, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Biofeedback
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-25

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Seth Brown
(319) 273-6091
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
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Schizophrenia or other Psychotic Disorder, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Child Custody Evaluation, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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(319) 273-2676
Univ of Northern Iowa, Couns Ctr
Cedar Falls, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1998-08-24

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Better Ways to Cope with Stress: Your Way Out of the Toxic Triangle

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Better Ways to Cope with Stress: Your Way Out of the Toxic Triangle
By Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D. 
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Feb 12, 2006, 19:23

   

Depressive symptoms, unhealthy eating habits, and heavy drinking unite to create a space that is so poisonous for women that I have called it the toxic triangle. Eating, Drinking, Overthinking will help you understand your own relationship to the toxic triangle. It is not just for women who have clinical depression, diagnosed eating disorders, or alcoholism. It is for women who dance around the edges of the toxic triangle, with moderate symptoms of depression, unhealthy eating patterns, or heavy drinking

Eating, Drinking, Overthinking teaches women how to transform their vulnerabilities into strengths, to help women develop the tools to change the way they cope with stressful circumstances. Here are some of the major steps toward positive change:

1. Step back and notice what you are thinking and feeling.

One way to do this is to use mindfulness techniques, which teach us to notice our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and memories without immediately categorizing them as good or bad. We learn to be more compassionate toward ourselves, responding to our thoughts and feelings as a friend might, rather than as a slave to a master. By being able to step back and notice, rather than be overwhelmed or ruled, by our feelings, we become better able to choose how we want to feel and act in difficult situations.

Mindfulness techniques also teach you to be more aware of the present moment. By practicing “being with” our feelings and thoughts we can become less frightened and overwhelmed by them, and thus less motivated to escape them with unhealthy behaviors. We can also learn a great deal about ourselves, particularly the ways we have internalized social pressures to cast ourselves in a certain way (for example, in terms of how much we weigh) or to behave in certain ways (such as always putting others’ needs before our own).

If mindfulness techniques don’t appeal to you, just try keeping a diary of key events in your day and how you think and feel about them. There may be something specific that triggers these urges and feelings – a difficult interaction with another person, going by a restaurant, being alone at home. Or they may come from out of the blue. It doesn’t matter, just write down what is going on, and then get quiet for a moment and tune into what is going through your head.

It is likely that you may begin to recognize the theme of relationships or a certain relationship in your diary accounts. As you begin to recognize the role of key people in these difficult times, use your reflective abilities to consider what it is about them that contributes to your sad or anxious feelings, or to your desire to drink or eat.

2. Conjure up an image of the Positive You.

Shut your eyes, get quiet, and conjure up a very positi...

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