Anxiety Management

Coronavirus: Preparing for your Exam and Managing Anxiety

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 06:34pm

First and foremost, everyone at TDC wishes you good health during this time. There is a lot of uncertainty as we navigate this novel virus and we are well aware of the profound impact it is having on everyone. While we remain hopeful things will settle and become more predictable in the near future, we thought it would be helpful to provide resources and information to: Help you stay abreast of any changes with your testing sites Identify best study practices due to Pearson’s delay Offer some guidance to manage your anxiety Testing Site Information Pearson Vue is the testing vendor for all

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Anxiety Management: Staying Calm During the Holidays

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 07:05pm

The holiday season has arrived! Everywhere we turn, we are reminded of this; whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, some combination of all holidays or a different one altogether, it’s a busy time of year. The streets are filled with holiday lights, the stores are playing holiday music; it is truly inescapable. The holidays are generally a joyous time, and at the same time the season is exceptionally busy and can be emotionally fraught for many of us. It is important to be mindful of how the holiday season affects you in order to maintain a realistic study plan and manage your

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Managing Anxiety: Working with a Study Partner

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Tue, 11/06/2018 - 01:32am

My study partner and I met once a week while preparing for our licensing exams. We worked really well together; so well in fact that we continued to work together following our exams and continue to collaborate to this day. My study partner was actually my wonderful TDC colleague and dear friend, Asya Mourraille! To this day, we work as a team to provide support for the MFT programs and collaboratively participate in program development. Needless to say, having a study partner was a great experience for me and helped in managing anxiety. You may be wondering what this topic has to do with

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Managing Test Anxiety: Developing a Balanced Study Plan

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Thu, 09/27/2018 - 05:48pm

Last week, Friday arrived and I realized I spent the entire week running around like a chicken without a head. I was busy working and taking care of my family. I didn’t feel that I really had an opportunity to focus on taking care of myself or doing things for me. And, there were a good number of items on my to-do list that fell by the wayside. I have to admit, this was not the first time a Friday rolled around and this was my reality. And I know this experience is not unique to me; I hear this sentiment constantly being echoed by friends, colleagues, and associates like you. Many associates I

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How to Manage Test Anxiety with Narrative Therapy

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:40pm

Each month, I write a blog that focuses on strategies to manage test anxiety. This month, we will discuss different narrative therapy techniques that can help us deal with test anxiety. I started this blog in response to what appeared to be a pervasive feeling shared by many associates preparing for their licensing exams. I’ve worked with hundreds, if not thousands of test takers, and common refrains I would hear included: I am a terrible test taker. I have severe test anxiety. If this were an oral exam, I would do much better. If this were an essay exam, I would do great; but I’m awful with

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Test Anxiety: Reducing Anxiety with Exercise

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:26pm

Test anxiety is a very common phenomenon, especially for those going through the licensing exam process. And while it’s not unusual to experience it, it is important to manage it. Each month we publish a blog that provides strategies on how to manage test anxiety. Thankfully, there are many different strategies you can employ and our goal in publishing a monthly blog is to help you fill your “anxiety toolbox” that you can pull from to tackle anxiety. If test anxiety is getting the better of you, or if you want to preemptively address it, take a look through our blogs to find strategies that

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How to Manage Anxiety Using Mindfulness

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 05/23/2018 - 05:00pm

What emotions arise for you when you think about taking your licensing exam? Take a few moments and consider how you feel, right now, as you contemplate sitting for your exam. What, if any, physical sensations are you experiencing throughout your body? How intense are these feelings? Are they insignificant or do they feel debilitating? Regardless of how you answer these questions, remember it is completely normal to experience anxiety in relation to this exam. What is always most important is developing an awareness of anxiety’s presence and possessing tools to manage it. In this month’s blog

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Test Anxiety Tips: The Week Before Your Exam

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 03:25pm

Do you find yourself biting your nails while wondering, “Am I really ready for this exam?!” Don’t worry; this feeling of trepidation is extremely common and it makes complete sense to feel this way! You’ve been committed to studying hard for a significant amount of time and the anticipation of finally taking the exam can feel overwhelming. In this month’s blog, we’re going to explore the unique emotions that may arise as your test date nears and identify some test anxiety tips to manage them. What are some common concerns? Anxiety is a powerful emotion that can play tricks on the mind. As a

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Calming the Anxious Mind

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:12pm

There is no question, the LMFT and LCSW board exams are challenging. They are also considered big hurdles that you must successfully jump over while on your path to licensure. These two facts combined make it far more likely that test anxiety will be present, and may even be higher than you’ve experienced during past exams. In this month’s anxiety management blog, we’re going to explore some techniques you can employ when anxiety unexpectedly strikes. When Might Anxiety Strike? Anxiety can and likely will appear throughout your studies. And because of its prevalence, this is a topic we’ve

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The Role of Healthy Boundaries in Anxiety Management

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:45pm

In last month’s blog, we focused on the importance of integrating self-care into your studies. This month, we are going to focus on an essential aspect of self-care, developing and maintaining healthy boundaries as you prepare for your LCSW or LMFT exam. Similar to the concept of self-care, ”healthy boundaries” is another popular concept in the world of psychotherapy and counseling. As clinicians, we know that healthy boundaries are important and we constantly assist our clients in developing and maintaining them in their personal lives. And, as is the case with self-care, we sometimes fall

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