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(p. 145) Module 4: Skills for Thinking: Self-Compassion and Helpful Thoughts 

(p. 145) Module 4: Skills for Thinking: Self-Compassion and Helpful Thoughts
(p. 145) Module 4: Skills for Thinking: Self-Compassion and Helpful Thoughts

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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date: 23 May 2022

Harsh self-criticism and habitual unhelpful thinking patterns can create the context for depressive symptoms in middle-aged and older adults. This chapter supports providers as they help aging clients develop self-compassion and cognitive reappraisal skills consistent with their personal values and strengths. The material in this module will help aging clients understand the role of unhelpful thinking habits in depression, replace self-criticism with self-compassionate thoughts and actions, and build cognitive reappraisal skills. This chapter also describes the Practice forms provided for clients’ use between psychotherapy and integrated primary care sessions to remember and use these skills. This chapter directs clinicians to apply recommended strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients, including within the context of telehealth.

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