This is me, JvBPosted: November 16, 2011
Well, I’m new at this, blogging I mean. I’m an expert at what I’m writing about.
My name is Jonathan von Breton (JvB). I’m 58 and live with my dog (Canaan Dog) Russo. I’m sure I’ll mention her from time to time.I’d love to have more dogs, I was once up to 3. But, I don’t have the income.
Some interesting personal tidbits. I was born with deformed hands (not Thalidomide). So doing a lot of daily activities is a challenge. I use the good old hunt and peck method of typing.
I spend at least 30 minutes everyday practicing Ip Family Tai Chi (a.k.a. Yang Snake Style).
I work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional. One of my proudest professional achievements is that I’m a Certified Supervisor in REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy).
I’m quite involved with SMART Recovery , an addiction self-help program based in part on REBT. I work as the Director of SMART Recovery On-Line, a part-time contractor position. As you can see, REBT permeates my life.
Unfortunately, because of the overall economy, I’m not making enough money to live. Foreclosure and bankruptcy are distinct possibilities if not certainties.
My main goal in this blog to introduce as many people as possible to REBT. I think of REBT as a powerful and comprehensive form of psychotherapy. But it’s more than that to me. I think of it as my philosophy. I plan to share how I do this in many areas of my life. That is one of the reasons I mention my disability. REBT is remarkably useful there.Preventing emotional disturbance about financial problems is another area where I use REBT.
This blog will cover REBT theory and practice. In the spirit of narcissism, I will use examples from own life frequently. I plan to shamelessly promote my mental health practice as well.
That’s enough for now.