One of the first things I like to ask clients is “what do you like to do for fun?” On its face, it seems like a pretty simple getting-to know-you question that anyone would ask. But actually it serves an additional purpose for me. It’s a clinical question. In many cases, those go-to activities can be the antidote to certain depressive symptoms, such as struggling to get out of bed or finding the motivation to complete tasks. I’ve heard interesting answers in the past: charcoal painting, tap dancing, writing music, and even simply watching the sunset. These sorts of activities are part of your arsenal — your toolbox — to help you live a fulfilling life on a day-to-day basis. So, who wouldn’t want to add to that toolbox? Luckily, for our neighbors in Olney and the surrounding Montgomery County area, there is something for everyone, whether it’s individuals or families. Here are five of my favorite things that Olney, MD has to offer!
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.
Maybe you know there are some barriers between you and a goal you would like to achieve. But you aren’t quite sure how to go about making it happen. Maybe you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by a challenge in life. But are unable to pinpoint exactly why. Seeking therapy is a natural, logical step when attempting to change something about your life. But could coaching also be beneficial?
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.
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.
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?!”
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.
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!