Understanding Cognitive Therapy to Heal & Discover the New You Post-Divorce
PODCAST: Understanding Cognitive Therapy to Heal & Discover the New You Post-Divorce
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen is a clinical psychologist, a specialist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with over 15 years experience treating anxiety and depressive disorders. She is a columnist whose work has been featured on NBC News, Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post. Elizabeth is the author of Light on the Other Side of Divorce: Discovering the New You. She is also the host of The Divorce Doctor podcast, where she applies her extensive knowledge about mental health to helping women heal, grow, and thrive post-divorce. She joins Stacy Francis to discuss the cognitive effects that divorce has on one’s life and shares exercises listeners can use to start deliberately designing the life they want for themselves.
– Divorce can be considered a kind of trauma, as trauma delivers a shock to your nervous system. When you are experiencing trauma, the amygdala, which is responsible for your emotions, overrides your frontal cortex, which is the more logical side of your brain.
– Zebras’ way of dealing with stress is episodic as opposed to humans’ chronic nature of worry and anxiety; zebras respond to physical stressors and immediately return to their daily activities when the stressor is gone. By adopting the zebra way of thinking, we can reduce the effects of stress on our minds and bodies.
– Many women who go through divorce are left without a sense of identity and an uncertainty of what they want to do. One exercise women can use to understand their wants is to write down their ideal weekend, hour-by-hour.
– Coaches can provide assistance with resources and exercises, psychologists can diagnose and psychiatrists can prescribe medication. Deciding what kind of support to get during and after divorce depends on your personal needs.