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April 2015

Bring a Book, Leave a Book Program

It’s a simple and wonderful way to exchange one or two great fictional/non fictional books or current magazines you’ve read. There’s a bookshelf located over in the basement break room at Bray Hall which will have a label saying, “Bring a book, leave a book” for anyone on campus to peruse. Current favorite magazines and books in good, readable condition only. No textbooks are permitted. It is just another way for anyone on campus who loves to read to spread the joy by bringing in a few books and seeing if there’s one or two you wish to read. Please bring in no more than three books/magazines. If you have more than that, consider recycling them through your nearest library or recycling center.

Addressing Anxiety

How to Take Charge

Most people experience some anxiety as a regular part of life. But daily worry, trouble sleeping, physical symptoms, and difficulties with others at work or home could mean you should seek professional advice. Your NYS-Balance program is here to help you identify your anxiety, learn strategies to control it, and find help to move beyond it.

Types of Counseling

What kind of therapy is right for me?

Modern day counseling provides hundreds of options in addressing a wide range of psychological issues, and it can be difficult knowing what kind of therapy to choose. As an important member of your own health care team, you must educate yourself on the different kinds of therapy in order to assure that you're selecting a therapist who will use an approach that is the right fit for your personality and your unique situation. This article will provide a brief overview of the three most commonly used schools of therapy.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is the oldest form of modern therapies, and emphasizes the examination and resolution of inner conflicts by gaining insight on how negative behaviors formed unconsciously early in life. Psychodynamic therapists tend to help clients by helping them become aware of vulnerable and painful experiences that have been pushed out of their conscious awareness. In theory, when individuals process an underlying emotional conflict, negative symptoms and defense mechanisms will lessen. Psychodynamic therapy may be right for those who are curious about how their upbringing and childhood experiences have shaped who they are today. Psychodynamic therapy is typically more long-term in nature, as it can take time to fully uncover and explore underlying motivations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Unlike psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on managing the symptoms and thoughts one is experiencing in the here and now, with little attention given to the past. Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the assumption that your emotions and actions are determined largely by the way you think about the world. It is the meaning that you give to an event, rather than the event itself, that determines how you understand life circumstances. Therapists using CBT will help clients examine how their thoughts and beliefs guide emotional experiences and subsequent behavior. Therapy may also include relaxation training, learning communication skills, and discussing healthy coping techniques. Because CBT is based on learning new skills, homework may be a part of therapy to practice learned techniques. Cognitive and behavioral approaches are generally short-term in nature and can be highly effective when treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or specific problems such as phobias, eating disorders, or relationship difficulties.

Humanistic or Existential Therapy

Humanistic therapy, which includes existential therapy, emphasizes human capabilities in areas such as creativity, personal growth, and self-direction. As opposed to directly addressing negative behaviors as in other therapies, humanistic therapy focuses on how individuals perceive themselves, and works to highlight strengths and potential. A humanistic therapist will offer nonjudgmental ideas for reflection, and will guide an individual to find meaning and purpose in order to make sense of an experience. The goal in humanistic therapy is to expand one's world view and increase self-awareness. Humanistic or existential therapy may be the right choice for you if you are going through a difficult life transition, dealing with grief, or looking for personal growth and reflection.

Many therapists today do not strictly adhere to one particular approach to therapy, and instead use an eclectic approach by encompassing a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create a unique treatment program to meet the specific needs of the individual. It is important to discuss your counselor's approach to make sure his or her philosophy makes sense to you and how you view the world. In addition, it is important to feel comfortable and safe with the therapist, as one of the most important aspects of therapy is the therapeutic relationship.

Thompson, M.C. (2015). Types of counseling. Raleigh, NC: Workplace Options.

Disrupting Negative Thoughts

NYS Balance Webinar

Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Learn how to gain control over negative thoughts and increase recognition of the positives occurring in your life.


Register for the webinar on the NYS-Balance website. To participate, you will need an Internet-connected PC and a phone. If the webinar is not scheduled during your break or lunch time, you can view it later online.




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