Coping made easy

A Guide for Coping

Replace Ineffective Coping

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We often attempt to cope in ineffective and even damaging ways. Examples of this include using alcohol or drugs, isolating, and keeping our worries to ourselves. Some of these attempts to cope are habitual and others we do consciously. When we are aware of ineffective coping we can 1) remind ourselves we are trying to cope so we don’t critisize and blame ourselves and 2) replace the ineffective coping with something new that works. If we are not sure how to go about this, we can ask others for help and suggestions. Do you use ineffective or damaging “coping” skills? Can you think of ways to improve your coping?


Author: Dr. Ann Goelitz

Dr. Goelitz is a writer and a scholar with a wide scope of clinical experience, ranging from working with trauma survivors after September 11th to her role as a psychiatric social worker at a top New York hospital. For the past ten plus years, she has specialized in her private practice on cognitive behavioral therapy, dream analysis, and EMDR, helping clients navigate transitions and heal from trauma and loss. A seasoned educator, she has done extensive public speaking, published numerous articles, and co-authored an award winning resource directory for caregivers. Her soon-to-be published book, From trauma to healing, has received endorsement and accolades from leaders in the field of trauma. Her latest writing projects include a book on how to cope with stress written with both laypeople and professionals in mind. She has taught at Columbia University and Hunter College.

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