Coping made easy

A Guide for Coping

How is coping like Poker?

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  1. It’s a crapshoot – we never know when or how a strategy will work so its important to have many coping strategies to fall back on
  2. No matter how well a strategy worked once, it may never work again or not when we need it most, so its important to have many to fall back on
  3. We need to have a backup plan, depending on one strategy can cause us to lose
  4. Winning requires an investment – it takes time and energy to build a tool box of coping strategies but without the initial investment we’re not in the game
  5. We need to keep our eye on the game – without close awareness of our stress level, need for coping, and coping effectiveness, its impossible to win
  6. When we win, we win BIG! Nothing creates more happiness than a toolbox full of well used coping strategies

Let’s COPE!


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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