Addiction Recovery: Self-Esteem Can be Toxic! How to Escape the Trap

Michael Edelstein, Ph.D., Explores the Surprising Truth about Self-Esteem
MENTOR, Ohio - Jan. 30, 2018 - PRLog -- SMART Recovery is honored to welcome Michael Edelstein, Ph.D., to explore with us the often misunderstood topic of self-esteem on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.

Dr. Albert Ellis, the father of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), was a mentor to Dr. Edelstein. He had this to say about Michael's first best-selling book, Three Minute Therapy:

"Of all the books that explain [Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy] in simple, clear, and highly usable form, Three Minute Therapy is one of the very best." -- Albert Ellis, Ph.D. President, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

That was in 1997. That book is now a classic, and Dr. Edelstein is still beyond compare for his ability to explain the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy CBT and REBT (rational emotive behavior therapy).

Both of those, at their core, hold that faulty thinking and beliefs, such as using self-esteem as a measure of "self," can adversely affect our mood, well-being and enjoyment of life. Examining our thinking and actively questioning our assumptions allows us to stay aligned with our personal values and goals and live fuller lives.

These are the same topics that are the very foundation of SMART. Dr. Edelstein is highly respected for his ability to make these ideas readily accessible to everyone and is already one of our most popular speakers, so I know this winter event will be highly interesting to participants, facilitators and all our SMART friends.

Dr. Edelstein is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years' experience. He has a private practice in San Francisco and offers in-person as well as telephone and Skype sessions. He is famous as the author of Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life (1997), with David Ramsay Steele.

Most recently, he has created a YouTube channel: The REBT Advocates, with Tommy Bateman, featuring podcasts on topics of interest. He has additionally published Rational Drinking: How to Live Happily With or Without Alcohol (2013), with Will Ross, Stage Fright (2009), with Mick Berry, and Therapy Breakthrough: Why Some Psychotherapies Work Better Than Others (2013), with Richard Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele.

Dr. Edelstein is a Training Supervisor and Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. He holds a diplomate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from, and is on the Board of Advisors of, the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. He is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.  Dr. Edelstein lectures nationally and internationally, has appeared on television as well as over 300 radio shows, trains professionals, and has published in psychological journals.  He is also a long-standing SMART Recovery Volunteer. You can find his website at


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