Reasons to be rational: how to feel better by changing the way you think

Ann Vernon, Ph.D., LMHC

Ann Vernon, Ph.D., LMHC

Fran Berman

Do you ever wish other people would be more considerate, less demanding and easier to tolerate? Do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed out or frustrated? Do you sometimes upset yourself by thinking the worst? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come hear Dr. Ann Vernon talk about how cognitive behavior therapies (CBT) can change your life for the better!

Recognized as the leading international expert in applications of RE&CBT with children and adolescents, Dr. Ann Vernon, Ph.D., LMHC, has practiced CBT for many years in private practice. She currently trains psychologists and mental health practitioners in many parts of the world on how to use this ground breaking theory with people of all ages. This is a no nonsense approach that helps people change the way they think in order to feel better, developing emotional muscle to handle the changes and challenges of everyday life. For Freethinkers she will present the nuts and bolts of CBT, using practical explanations and examples that will help attendees learn to apply these concepts in their own lives. She has written 22 books and more than 50 journal articles and contributing chapters.

* When? 10:00 a.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016

* Where? SaddleBrooke One Activity Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Handicap and carpool parking only. All others park in the main clubhouse lot and follow the walkway on the right side of the pool.)

* Who? Residents of SaddleBrooke One, Two, Ranch, their guests and anyone interested in this topic or Freethinkers

* RSVP? None; just show up.

Other upcoming meetings are as follows:

* Thirdsty Thursdays social gatherings on the third Thursday each month year-round at the Roadrunner Grill from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

* Food for Thought small-group dinners (For information email [email protected])

* Book Club led by Lockwood Carlson (For information email [email protected])

Sunday meetings are free and open to all, regardless of religious belief, political persuasion or gender preference. To defray costs, we ask for a contribution of $2 per person. Non-perishable food or cash donations for the Tri-County Community Food Bank are always welcome.

This is the last formal presentation of the season. They will resume in October, so check this newspaper and our website or submit your request to be on the email list.

Regular meetings of the SaddleBrooke Freethinkers are usually on the fourth Sunday morning each month, October through April. Per our organizational charter, we “believe in the responsible search for truth and meaning and in the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and the solving of human problems. We believe that tolerance, compassion, equity and civility should characterize the interaction among peace-loving persons and organizations.” Information about SaddleBrooke Freethinkers, upcoming presentations and past programs is at www.sbfreethinkers.wordpress.com. To be on the email list, please send your contact information [email protected]