"Years ago, I heard a story that continues to influence my work as a therapist. I call this story The Fly in the Window.
Picture in your mind, a small housefly buzzing around the perimeter of a very large glass window.
On the other side of that glass, is freedom..... so close, just inches away.
In an attempt to connect with the great-out-of-doors, the fly taps its little wings against every inch of that window.
Buzz, buzz, bang! Buzz, buzz, bang!
The fly repeats the only strategy it knows—banging the glass. It backs up and dives forward again and again.
“The Definition of Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over, but each time expecting different results.” Alcoholics Anonymous
Try as it might, that little fly cannot break through the solid glass.
Eventually, the buzzing stops.
The little fly’s body rests motionless at the bottom of the windowsill.
Imagine yourself stepping back now, away from the window. Creating this distance provides a larger perspective. From your new vantage point, you are able to see everything more clearly. You notice something you could not see before. Just a few feet away from the large glass window, you notice a door…
…And you are now able to see that the door is wide open.
Like the little fly, you too may feel blocked from making necessary life changes or from reaching your personal goals.
If you feel tired, trapped or stuck you may also wish to seek a fresh perspective or a new direction.
Maya Angelou once said, "You do what you know and when you know better, you do better."
As a therapist, I help people address life’s problems by learning coping strategies and seeking healthier choices.
My therapy program provides the tools necessary to align your everyday thoughts and actions with your highest personal values.
Pain is transformed into purpose.
Wounds are replaced with wisdom.
Emotional healing is possible.
There is an open door.
Let’s go through it together. "
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Cognitive Dissonance Therapy:
Align actions with values to reduce stress.
ACT: Acceptance Commitment Therapy Accept your reactions, be present, Choose a valued direction, Take action
DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation & Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Neuropsychology: Understand the role of brain chemistry, genetics and medical diagnosis to effectively treat mood and behavior problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Change your thoughts, emotions follow.
Choose the behavior, choose the consequence.
Solution Focused Therapy:
Law of attraction: What you focus on, grows.
Scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals to thrive.
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Successfully address the following:
Stress, Mood disorders: Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Anger, OCD, PTSD, Grief and Loss. Relationship Stress: Break-up, Separation and Divorce Adjustment, Living Single, Parenting Concerns, Work Related Stress, Dealing with Difficult People. Recovery Concerns: Co-dependence, Procrastination, Obesity, Excessive Spending and Low Self Esteem and other Self Defeating Behaviors.
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Telka Arend-Ritter LMSW Psychotherapy Services in East Lansing
Telka Arend-Ritter CBT psychotherapy services by appointment only:
1151 Michigan Ave #110 East Lansing, MI 48823