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For Therapists, Parent Coaching, Teenagers

So You Want to Talk To Your Child’s Teen Therapist

If you are the parent of a teen in therapy, you may have questions about confidentiality with your teen's therapist. Here are the 9 most common reasons why parent's want to reach out to their kids' therapist, why it doesn't work, and the better ways to handle each situation, which is almost always to include your child in the conversation with their therapist. Implementing these tips will help protect confidentiality with your teen's therapist.

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Adults, DBT

Assumptions That ARE Helpful

You know that saying about assumptions….. You know… when you ASSume…. Well what actually is an assumption? And are they all bad? According to Webster’s Dictionary, an assumption is believing that something is true. When it comes to other people’s thoughts and motivations, believing truth in something you can’t prove might not be very helpful. But in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), there are some assumptions that are helpful for everyone to consider as true. These assumptions apply to the therapist, the client, and the parents/caregivers and family. Whether you are working on changes for yourself, or you are a family member supporting someone who is struggling, consider these following nine assumptions.

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Adults

Sports Betting Comes to Maryland

This week, Governor Larry Hogan officially signed off on legislation to make Maryland the latest state to legalize in-person and mobile sports betting. Over the next few months, Marylanders can expect to be inundated with commercials! Companies such as DraftKings and FanDuel will vie for your sports betting with sexy, but sometimes misleading, promotions. They'll promise $100 or “no risk” bets. Believe me, by the time football season kicks off, we’ll all have these commercials memorized, including kids and teens. Even those under 21 who are not yet able to gamble (legally) will be exposed to it like never before.

Parent Coaching, Videos

Live Instagram: On Coparenting

In our most recent live instagram interview, Kate Alcamo,MS, LCMFT of the Family Therapy Center of Bethesda joined MCCC's Laura Goldstein for a conversation on coparenting. Kate specializes in helping families going through divorce. We talked all about the important issues of coparenting, whether through a separation or even through marriage. Check out the video or read the highlights below!

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Adults

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression

The baby blues are experienced by most. Up to 80 percent of birthing parents report feeling weepy, having shifting moods, worry and general overwhelm in the weeks following delivery. The baby blues typically last between two days and two weeks, peaking three to five days after delivery. These symptoms can also extend to the non-birthing partner. However, when this feeling extends or shifts dramatically, it is critical to pay attention and seek help! Two indicators to be aware of are duration and intensity. Has it been more than two to three weeks since your baby arrived? Do you cry only some or most of the day? Is your worry manageable or paralyzing? How much is your ability to function impacted?

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DBT

Coping Skills for Anxiety Management

Many of us might argue that 2020 was the “year of the coping skills.” Others might argue that 2020 was the “year of anxiety.” I will argue the “both/and” and tell you that they often go hand in hand. Throughout the past year, all the way to present day, many of us have felt an increase in intense emotions. This has given us a metaphorical shove into a very common reality: “How do I deal with this?” Others may have realized that we have been using coping skills all along but now have the thought “wow, I have to practice these daily for them to be effective?!”

DBT and its 5 main goals for how it works
DBT

Who Benefits From DBT? Who Does DBT Work For?

Has Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment been recommended to you? Or maybe you‘ve heard about DBT and are wondering if it’s what you’re looking for. Perhaps you’re a parent who is searching for the most effective treatment for your struggling child. Let’s explore a few ways which DBT treatment or DBT Skills Groups could help you and your loved ones.