Choice Point Psychological’s Theoretical Stance
Psychological Suffering is Rooted In…
Our Hardwiring for Negative for Thinking, Social Comparisons, & Anticipating Risks
OUR PAINFUL PAST LEARNING THAT MAY IMPACT BEHAVIOR AND COPING WHILE UNDER STRESS
TRAUMATIC STRESS CAUSING FURTHER DISRUPTIONS TO OUR BEHAVIOUR, COPING, AND PERCEPTION
AT CHOICE POINT, WE WANT TO LOOK AT WHAT IS AND IS NOT WORKING.
1. Are you over stressed, finding yourself short of time, energy, motivation?
2. Are you over relying on either threat systems or drive systems to guide your daily actions?
3. What are you doing to cope? Is it aligned with the person you want to be?
4. What is happening internally while faced with stress and is your stress cycle reaching completion?
5. In what ways is your painful past learning keeping you stuck? (maladaptive coping, shutdown, self critical, fearful/anxious, etc.)
SIGNALS OF SUFFERING
Detached from values, meaning, purpose
Avoidance of internal or external experiences
Chronic hyper/hypo arousal symptoms
Rigid or non life-enhancing coping behaviours
Lack of balance in lifestyle
Disconnection from self and others
Lack of vitality
Cognitive distortions or rigid thinking
Extreme or uncontrolled emotion reactivity
PILLARS OF WELLNESS
Daily values-guided action
Open to array of life experiences
Completed stress cycles with adequate resting periods
Flexible and dynamic self-care practices
Striving towards holistic living
Meaningful and supportive social network
Daily micro reminders of aliveness and gratitude
Noticing parallels between thought content & feelings
Able to be with our emotions & respond deliberately
ARE YOU STRESSED AND SURVIVING? WE WANT TO HELP YOU FEEL ALIVE AND ALIGNED WITH YOUR VALUES! HOW?
1. Identify the blocks and barriers keeping you stuck.
2. Skill building, skills practice, life improvement.
3. Working through past pain to make you less vulnerable to old habits while under stress.
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