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How to Navigate Negative Thinking

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Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are linked, therefore our thoughts can greatly impact how we feel and act. Negative thinking is something we all engage in from time to time, but if that negative thinking seriously affects the way you feel about yourself and the world or interferes with work/study and everyday functioning, you could have a mental illness. Constant negativity can contribute to problems such as social anxiety, depression, stress, and low self-esteem. Fortunately, there are ways to manage these unhelpful thoughts and not let them impact your quality of life. Join Brook Lane therapist Rena Arnold as she shares helpful strategies to change these thoughts or make them have less of an effect on your day to day functioning.


Rena Arnold is a licensed clinical social worker providing therapy for children, adolescents, families, and adults at Brook Lane’s North Village outpatient office in Hagerstown. She works with clients with a variety of mental health issues to teach positive coping skills, improved communication and behavior modification. Rena has a master’s degree in social work from The University of Maryland Baltimore Campus and holds a specialization in working with children and families. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years with a range of experience including therapeutic foster care, school based therapy, and out-patient mental health services. Rena provides cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and rational emotive behavioral therapy as well as offers Christian Based Counseling.