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Dr. Konstantin Lukin

Dr. Konstantin Lukin is a licensed clinical psychologist, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a co-founder of the Lukin Center for Psychotherapy. He has extensive research and clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couples Counseling, and Psychological Assessments.
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Should you delete your social media accounts?

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on May 12, 2017

 

Social media is making us collectively sick. We’re so plugged in all the time that we can’t escape our digital lives. We check email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram incessantly. We think we felt our phone vibrate, but it was just an illusion. The average American checks their phones 150 times a day. We spend 90 minutes a day staring at our phones. That’s 23 days each year.

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Topics: Stress, Self Improvement, depression, anxiety, social media

Retail Therapy: Merits, Drawbacks, and Practical Alternatives

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on April 19, 2017

We hear the phrase “retail therapy” thrown around a lot these days. People think it’s a legitimate way to respond to depression, stress, anxiety, or really anything that’s weighing you down. But there are serious drawbacks to practicing this approach.

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Topics: Individual Therapy, depression, anxiety, Retail Therapy

The Nine Steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on March 1, 2017

Here’s an example of the kind of relationship problem often seen in couples therapy, and how an emerging treatment might be the perfect solution.

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Topics: Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

The History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on December 16, 2016

Pioneered in the 1960s by University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Dr. Aaron T. Beck, cognitive behavioral therapy is "a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel."1

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Topics: Therapy, CBT, Psychology, History

How to Survive (and Even Enjoy) Thanksgiving Dinner After the Election

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving. Sometimes it's a joyous evening celebrating our blessings --- and sometimes it's a bitter battle of outrage and divisiveness. And sometimes it's both (or somewhere in between).

Regardless of your political leanings, the election was a stressful time and the stress is likely to continue through the holidays. To better prepare for the traditional family events up ahead this holiday season, brace yourself to take the high road in the upcoming scenarios that may occur.

 

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Topics: Stress, Individual Therapy, Holidays

15 Powerful Quotes on Self Help, Psychotherapy, and Happiness

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on November 8, 2016

 

- Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

The following quotes from celebrities, authors, and historically significant individuals are highly insightful in the world of mental health, happiness, and treatment. We figured we'd like to share some of our favorites that we've seen over the years. Enjoy. 

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Topics: Inspiration, Quotes, Therapy, Insight

Using CBT and Other Methods to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on October 27, 2016

 

September, October, Novem... where did the year go?

As the summer months pass, days grow shorter, daylight becomes scarce, and we’re less active. Instead of going for our morning jog we’re spending more time in front of our TV and hiding under our covers to stay warm. This change in the weather and our activity can start to take its toll on our minds and bodies. Called the Winter Blues, Seasonal Depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, this phenomenon is backed by a substantial and growing basis in scientfic research and affects millions of Americans each year. But with the right treatment approach, even someone who is consistently bogged down by this disorder can overcome it. 

 

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Topics: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stress, Seasonal Depression, Therapy, Individual Therapy

The Most Important Traits to Look for in a Therapist

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on September 30, 2016

Finding a psychologist or psychotherapist can be a tricky endeavor. If you're looking to see a professional for the first time, or if you've moved to a new area, selecting a therapist who's a good match for you can be crucial for your mental health improvement success.

If you have a current therapist but you're less than thrilled with his or her performance, don't limit yourself. Don't be afraid to shop around a bit and find a fit that's right for you. You've already taken the step to see a therapist, why not make the most of it and make sure that your seeing the right person? With all that in mind, here are a few traits that an effective therapist will display. 

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Topics: Therapists, Choosing a Therapist, Individual Therapy

5 Surprisingly Effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Exercises

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on September 8, 2016

Developed in the 1960's and widely practiced today, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a scientifically proven method of treating a variety of psychological issues --- from schizophrenia to anxiety and depression to substance abuse. Taking a holistic approach to mental health, this technique involves analyzing one's relationship to negative thoughts and behaviors, disrupting the negative feedback loop, and creating a new and healthy alignment of thoughts, behaviors, and actions. 

While CBT does involve meeting with a licensed therapist on a regular basis, there are a few tips that anyone can follow to assist in improving their mental health. Here are five that you can get started on right away. 

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Topics: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exercises, Self Improvement

Removing the Stigma from Couples Therapy

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on August 26, 2016

Couples Therapy. Sounds like trouble, right?

There's an unfortunate stigma attached to the idea of couples therapy (and therapy in general for that matter) that turns many people away from this potentially relationship-saving service. Some couples refuse to even entertain the possibility of attending, while others might reluctantly go, but don't believe in its efficacy or importance. 

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Topics: Couples Therapy