DBT model of emotions
Adults, DBT

How Are You Feeling?

I often hear words to describe our emotions as “fine”, “okay”, “good”, “bad”. And while that's an important starting place, I believe much more can be discovered when we tune into our internal experience a bit more. I have come back to this reflection often and every time settle on the important truth that asking how we are feeling and understanding our emotions is not only a part of therapy, but essential for living.

cartoon depicting screen addictiion
Adults, Child Therapy, Parent Coaching

Let’s Talk About Screen Addiction

The need to limit our screen time is real. Even prior to the pandemic, mental health professionals have recognizing that children, teens, and even adults are increasingly at risk of becoming addicted to their screens. So, it leads us to wonder, how many hours per day are acceptable? How do we separate work and school screen time from entertainment? What devices should my kid be allowed to use before bed?

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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.

Sports betting
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.

cartoon of postpartum depression represented by a parent holding a baby with a dark cloud covering their face
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?

powerful wave
Adults, DBT

Is Remission In Mental Health Even Possible?

I recently was interviewed for an article about the difference between coping and healing. I was asked if remission was even possible when it comes to mental health. The article SO beautifully summarized my thoughts on healing from mental health concerns. So I wanted to elaborate from the article and include the in-depth deets of our entire interview here! Enjoy!