Cognitive (Thought) Distortions and Core Beliefs

Carlos Durana, Ph.D. provides couples counseling, psychotherapy, and individual counseling in Washington, D.C., Reston, Virginia, and Bethesda, Maryland. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) looks at how our thoughts affect our view of ourselves, of others and of the world. We have thoughts or evaluations about events, ourselves, and about our emotions and our behaviors; this in ... Read More
 

Trauma and Psychotherapy

Carlos Durana, Ph.D. offers counseling and psychotherapy at A Caring Approach in Reston, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. The word trauma comes from a Greek word meaning wound. In psychiatry, the term refers to an experience that produces psychological injury or pain. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sometimes occurs after one has been through a ... Read More
 

Attachment Styles in Intimate Relationships

Counseling, Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling by Carlos Durana, Ph.D., at A Caring Approach in Washington D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. The capacity to make meaningful intimate bonds is a key feature of healthy personality functioning. The processes of attachment and intimacy are fundamental to the development of close relationships. Attachment refers to the inborn need and ... Read More
 

Partner Choice and Stages in Relationships

Carlos Durana, Ph.D. practices individual counseling, psychotherapy, and couples counseling, at A Caring Approach in Reston, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. The choice of intimate others in relationships appears to be influenced by two important needs whose fulfillment results in completion, wholeness, and the development of higher capacities such as compassion, forgiveness, and kindness ... Read More
 

Changing Habits One Step at a Time

Six steps to healthier living in Reston, Northern Virginia, and Bethesda – let life and wellness coaching and counseling be your guide. Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers counseling and marital therapy in Reston, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland. Making important changes in our lives can sometimes be more difficult than we think. Lasting changes ... Read More
 

Exploring Personal Beliefs in Counseling

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers counseling and therapy in Reston, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland. Our experience of reality is determined by the beliefs that we hold about ourselves and the world. Believes are like spectacles through which we see, or like boundaries around us which represent the limits of our experience. Our emotions ... Read More
 

Disruptive Relationship Cycles In Distressed Couples

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers couples and relationship therapy in Washington, DC, Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. Traps and Exits We all have vulnerabilities, sensitivities or wounds that are inevitably triggered in intimate long-term relationships. For example, for one person, it may be feeling criticized; for another it may be not feeling adequately cared for, ... Read More
 

Stillness and Tranquility: Recovery and Restoration

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices counseling and therapy in Washington, DC, Reston, Va and Bethesda, Md. Developing the virtues of stillness and tranquility is essential for recovery and restoring our strength and energy after stress, illness or surgery. Like deep nurturing sleep, stillness and tranquility allows the parasympathetic nervous system and other self-healing mechanisms in the ... Read More
 

Coping with Our Suffering: Grounded Mindfulness

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices Counseling and Therapy in Reston, Va. Mindfulness can be defined as a quality or a skill of mind and heart characterized by an open, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude to the contemplation of reality. Practicing mindfulness has been shown in research studies to have positive effects in coping with stress, illness, negative ... Read More
 

Coping with Chronic Illness and Pain

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices Counseling and Therapy in Washington, DC, Bethesda, Md. And in Reston, Va. Chronic illness and pain often cause challenging and difficult life adjustments, decisions and demands. We may experience: ·       Grief and sadness over the loss of function and quality of life, ·       Anger and frustration about our new situation, ·       ... Read More