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Dr. Beau Washington, PsyD is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Beau is a cognitive therapist, mood disorder researcher and healer.

    Many years ago he set out to understand resilience, why some people have the ability to stand up under stress and others become depressed or irritable. As a result, Beau developed a new cognitive model for depression and a cognitive model for addiction that aids in understanding mood disorders, making depression easier to conquer.

    Travel to beautiful Palisade, Colorado and learn to stop depression and build resilience. One and two day private or group sessions are available. Professional clinicians are welcome. Professional seminars and training are available at your location. Beau also makes house calls on the western slope of Colorado. Contact Beau at:

PO Box 31
Palisade, Colorado 81526

Call 970-464-9381                                    Hours 9 to 5 Mountain Time, Monday through Friday

"The thinking it took to get us into this mess is not the same thinking that is going to get us out of it."  Albert Einstein

     When one is down, it is easy to assume that our moods control our thoughts. Psychologists and therapists used to think that our moods controlled our thoughts. However, research has proven that our thoughts control our moods.

    Everybody has stressors, it is how you interpret the stressors that make a difference. Self-talk is how we talk to ourselves. Everybody does it.  It's called thinking. Cognitive distortions refer to those thoughts that are plausible but not correct or accurate. Click on this cognitive distortion link and start learning about them.

    Rumination appears to be the foundation of depression. It is the "pilot light" that is in place to start a depression. Rumination means dwelling on bad events or bad situations over and over again. Sometimes those thoughts are "I am ashamed of myself" or perhaps "I should have said this or that."  The thoughts could be thoughts of inferiority or resentment as well as other types. In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the event is replayed over and over again.

    The combination of cognitive distortions and rumination may lead to a deep depression. To understand depression and addictions, look at the cognitive model for depression and the cognitive model for addiction on the following tabs.

    "A man may dwell upon a thought so long that it may take him prisoner."

Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695)