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.

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DBT, For Therapists, Substance Use

What Topics to Prioritize In Therapy?!

Does it sometimes feel like you don’t know how to prioritize everything going on in your life? Especially when you are in your therapy session, it might feel like there is so much to talk about. Is can be frustrating if your therapist focuses on a different aspect than what your emotions are wanting to focus on. When using DBT, there is a hierarchy of targets that help guide a single therapy session. This same hierarchy also guides the overall process of therapy. The reason behind this hierarchy is to create progress in therapy that focuses on the highest acuity issues. We must stabilize these "targets" prior to dealing with any other issues brought to therapy.

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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.

cartoon of a black woman struggling to cope with anxiety thoughts
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.

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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!