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Wellspring - May 26, 2015

 WellSpring Associates
Stress Management with Positive Side Effects
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Aware, Accepting, Attentive, Now

Tool Number 2: ABC

ABC is an approach to help you change your thought about an event. It was created by Albert Ellis.

For this tool to work effectively in your life it needs to be practiced daily. Some days when the stress is high you might need to practice it a lot. Over time regular daily practice increases both your confidence and self esteem.

ABC:
  • A=Activating event. What thought or action happened that caused you to feel this uncomfortable feeling?
  • B=Belief. What is your belief regarding this situation?
  • C= Consequence. What is the consequence affecting you because you are holding this belief?
This tool is helpful when you need to look at what you believe about a certain external event and the consequences of your belief about that event. This allows you to make the decision that now is the time to change your belief about that event.


Xander Abrams’s practice is based upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based counseling approach which is based upon the concept that your beliefs and thoughts are determined by their unique perception of an event. You have the choice to believe and obey that thought or not believe and not obey your thought. When you automatically accept a thought as the ultimate truth, you limit your repertoire of responses. You have the choice to believe or not believe a thought by deciding if that specific thought is helpful to your situation.

“Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through the discipline of paying attention on your purpose, in the present moment, and allowing yourself to non-judgmentally experience the unfolding that experience moment by moment”…(Daniel Moran)

“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally”…Jon Kabat-Zinn
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