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The STOPP Technique

Be proactive with your mental health!

Learn the STOPP technique, a cognitive-behavioral skill that helps you identify and manage thoughts and emotions when you most need it. 

Discover STOPP and the positive change that this acronym can make in how you think and act.

The STOPP technique

The video by innerAssist Psychological services introduces the STOPP technique, a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tool that can help people manage their negative thoughts and emotions. The acronym STOPP stands for Stop, Take a breath, Observe, Pull back, and Practice what works.

Learn the STOPP skill:

Stop: Pause and take a step back. Take a breath: take a deep breath, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Observe: Observe your thoughts and reactions. Ask yourself: what am I thinking? What am I feeling? What am I reacting to? Pull Back: Take a helicopter view and try to see things from a different perspective. Is there another way of looking at my situation? Proceed, do what will help most: what are the options, what is the best thing to do?

Source: The Decider, CBT Life Skills (M. Ayres & C. Vivyan)

The video provides examples of how the STOPP technique can be applied in various situations, such as managing stress at work or dealing with relationship issues. Mariza Thanopoulou from innerAssist Psychological Services emphasizes the importance of regular practice in order to make the technique more effective over time.

How can innerAssist Psychological Services help you?

If you're struggling to manage your negative thoughts and emotions, the psychologist Mariza Thanopoulou from innerAssist Psychological Services can provide you with further guidance and support.

She can work with you to identify the root causes of your negative thoughts and feelings, and help you develop more effective coping strategies. She will also help you to develop a personalized plan that may include other evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or mindfulness interventions, to help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being.

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