Allenmore Psychological Associates remains OPEN. During this period of concern and anxiety having access to quality behavioral health care is important and our staff is dedicated to ensuring your behavioral health care needs are met. In the unlikely event that the WA Department of Health directs us to close we will notify patients via telephone on the day of their appointment (similar to our Snow Day policy). If you are an existing patient who is demonstrating symptoms associated with the coronavirus or impacted by related closures (e.g. cannot find day care due to a school closure) and need to cancel we ask that you inform our staff as soon as possible, APA will not charge you for a late cancellation.


These Counseling Handouts have been created by the counselors at Allenmore Psychological Associates as resources and tools to support our clients in their counseling process. A number of different type of Handouts are contained in our Resource section including those that:

  • Offer information on a condition or emotional disorder
  • Describe a theory or useful techniques for reaching counseling goals
  • Provide instruction on tools to manage or overcome distressing emotions or behavioral problems
  • Logs and other forms designed to be used in completing “homework” assignments recommended by an APA counselor

Many of these Handouts require explanation by an APA Counselor and demonstration of their use to be optimally beneficial. If one of these Handouts has been recommended by your Counselor and you have questions about it, don’t hesitate to ask your counselor about it.

The following Handouts are currently available on our website. Each of these Handouts has been designed to be printed on either a color, or black-and-white printer. To access the Handout, simply click the indicated link.

ABC Emotions Handout from Allenmore Counseling in Tacoma, WA ABC Theory of Emotion  
The ABC theory of emotion provides a framework within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to understand and change distressing and dysfunctional emotional symptoms. This handout explains the ABC theory, describes CBT tools that are based on this theory and provides guidance about how these tools can be employed to alter dysfunctional emotional patterns related to anger, anxiety and depression.
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Concentration Meditation Handout from APA's Tacoma Counselors Concentration Meditation  
Concentration meditation involves quieting the mind by fixating one’s attention on a single focus. Meditation is often employed in the counseling process to reduce stress and to overcome destructive emotions, such as fear, anger and hatred. This handout describes the posture that facilitates meditation and outlines a structured process to begin meditating. Tips on establishing a meditation practice are offered.
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Constructive Problem Solving Handout from APA's Federal Way Counselors Constructive Problem Solving 
People employ many different strategies to solve conflicts and resolve problems. This Handout summarizes a number of techniques which you can learn and use to resolve conflicts, and become a more constructive problem-solver. These include cultivating a controlled state of mind, accepting responsibility, listening well and learning how to take a time out when necessary.
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Destructive Problem Solving Handout from APA's Puyallup Counselors Destructive Problem Solving    
In the face of conflict, people can resort to “dirty fighting” techniques. Using these techniques can result in winning a fight but ultimately destroying a relationship. “Dirty fighting” techniques include blaming, making “You” statements, and becoming angry and intimidating. This Handout describes these “dirty fighting” techniques to help raise awareness and support a change toward developing constructive problem solving skills.
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Diaphragmatic Breathing Handout from APA's Olympia, WA Counselors  Diaphragmatic Breathing  
Diaphragmatic breathing is a calming and relaxing style of breathing that can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety in nearly any situation. The proper technique for breathing diagrammatically is described in detail, as well as pictured in an illustrated diagram. This handout provides a step-by-step guide for practicing and mastering the diaphragmatic breathing technique.
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Mental Rehearsal Handout - Allenmore Counseling in Tacoma Mental Rehearsal  
Mental rehearsal entails intentionally practicing how we want to feel and act in a given situation. If the situation requires some type of behavioral performance (such as speaking in public or interviewing for a job) we can prepare for this situation through the technique of mental rehearsal. This handout contains a step by step guide for implementing this technique of repeatedly visualizing our ideal performance in a situation.
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Thought Stopping Handout From APA's Seattle Area Counselors Thought Stopping  
Thought Stopping is a counseling tool derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It is especially useful for overcoming patterns of rumination and entrenched negative thinking. This Handout provides a detailed outline of the procedure for implementing Thought Stopping, and when practiced regularly, can help decrease the frequency and intensity of negative thoughts.
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