Psychologist | Author | Educator
Hi, my name’s Nick Wignall. My goal is to teach everything I know about how to use psychology to create better habits and achieve our goals.
Bridging the Gap Between Science and Self-Help
How many times have we gotten excited about a new diet or the latest self-help book, rushed headlong into it with a burst of enthusiasm, only to realize—yet again—that it doesn’t translate into real results in the long-term?
In the age of the internet and social media, good ideas spread faster than ever. Increasingly, we have access to lots of these good ideas. From Oprah’s book club to NPR podcasts to lifehack articles in our Facebook feeds, we’re surrounded by tips and tricks to help us live happier, healthier lives.
But is all this information we have access to really helping?
Probably not as much as it could, for two main reasons, I think:
- Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff. While we may have access to more good information these days, we also have access to way more bad information. It takes a lot of time and effort to sort the good from the bad. And frankly, most of us don’t have the time or energy to do it well.
- Implementation is Boring. Even when we discover some genuinely helpful ideas, incorporating them into our lives in a meaningful, lasting way is another challenge altogether. Like us, most authors and experts enjoy the excitement of new ideas, but tend to ignore the boringness of implementation and practice. So we end up with eloquent explanations of brilliant ideas, and a slick pitch for why they’ll change our lives, but not much instruction about how to actually make it happen.
To take the best ideas from psychology and behavioral science, explain them in a friendly, approachable way, and illustrate how we can use them to better achieve our goals and aspirations.
Sounds lofty, yeah?
It definitely is. And if I’m honest, I’m a little intimidated by it. I’ve got my own struggles and insecurities, so trying to help others work through theirs can be daunting, for sure.
But as a psychologist and therapist, what I do every day is help folks who are struggling apply good ideas from decades of psychological research to their own uniques lives in an understandable and effective way.
This site is all about doing the same thing on a bigger scale. Because while not all of us need therapy, everyone can take advantage of the insights and techniques of behavioral science to better achieve their goals.
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A little bit more about who I am and what I’m working on.
I’m a licensed psychologist at The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque where I do psychotherapy with adults of all ages. Board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology, I specialize in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety and insomnia, including interoceptive exposure therapy for panic attacks, exposure and response prevention (ERP) for phobias and OCD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for sleep difficulties.
I also wrote a book recently about therapy and mental health: Find Your Therapy: A Practical Guide to Finding Quality Therapy. It’s a nuts and bolts style guide to learning about the most important factors in choosing a therapist and how to go about finding a good one, either for yourself or someone you love.
I did my doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, including research in human genetics and psychopharmacology. Prior to that I earned my masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelors in English Literature from the University of Dallas. I am board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, as well as a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the New Mexico Psychological Association. You can view a copy of my CV here.
If you’d like to get in touch, you can send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I live outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico with my wife and two