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Working with Thoughts and Beliefs
Working with thoughts and beliefs

Cast your eyes about the various conflicts under way around the world at this time, and you will discover interminable disputes—some that have smoldered and raged for centuries—about what is and what should be. We all look at the universe through picture frames that determine what gets featured and what gets excluded. As Andersen (1992) put it, “there are as many versions of a situation as there are persons to understand it” (p. 61). Each of these various versions is associated with thoughts and beliefs about them. Some are energizing and hope inspiring, and others may promote discouragement and despair. Counseling conversations are a useful venue for laying these thoughts and beliefs on the table ...

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