Ask the Expert: Healthy Coping Techniques


Ask the Expert: How to Cope with What You Can't Control Featuring Dr. Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen, PsyD, is a leading expert on balancing acceptance with change. He'll provide exercises to try at home for healthy coping techniques when things are out of your control.

In this Episode of Ask the Expert


We will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

– How to cope with things you have no control over

– What is toxic positivity?

– Coping exercises: problem solving, how to change how you’re feeling, and acceptance

And more! 

About Jeffrey Cohen, PsyD

Dr. Jeff Cohen (he/him) is a clinical psychologist on faculty at Columbia University Irving Medical Center where he sees patients, conducts research, and teaches, focusing on evidence-based practice and the health of sexual and gender minority people.

Dr. Cohen has expertise in the latest cognitive and behavioral therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which balance change with acceptance. Dr. Cohen is also considered a leading expert on the health of LGBT people and the coming out process. 

Dr. Cohen’s research has been published in peer reviewed journals including Behavior Therapy, Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, and the Journal of Anxiety Disorders as well as presented at the annual conventions of the American  Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. 

Dr. Cohen currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Sexual and Gender  Minority Special Interest Group and he teaches a class about mindfulness to undergraduates in the psychology department  at Columbia University. Dr. Cohen is committed to educating the public about the value of psychological science and he has been interviewed by media outlets including The New York Times, NBC, and VICE. He is also passionate about  increasing access to mental healthcare with technology and advises startups on making mental healthcare accessible to all. 

In 2020, Dr. Cohen’s work has grown in new ways, and he’s become a champion for how to adjust to a rapidly changing–and often overwhelming–world. 

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Toxic positivity is where people try to make all thoughts positive ones. But then, we start to deny the reality of the world.