Why Inpatient Treatment is not ALWAYS the best solution: When unsafe emotions and behaviors like suicidal ideation and self harm arise, the first line of defense is often mental health hospitalization. This makes sense when our lives, or the life of someone close to us, are in danger. And we are taught that hospitals have healthcare providers to keep us safe. This is true! And thank goodness for our healthcare providers! However, research shows that when it comes to a mental health crises, inpatient hospitalizations increase the likelihood that unsafe behaviors will occur repeatedly.
Phone coaching is meant to support you coping with in-the-moment problems that arise between therapy sessions. Your DBT therapist will encourage the you to utilize phone coaching to prevent the problem behaviors you are working on. Instead, with phone coaching, you can practice using the tools learning in session by using them in real life situations.
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.
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.
Does A DBT Skills Group Work on Telehealth? The short answer, YES IT DOES!
So you might be thinking about joining a DBT skills group. Or maybe you are supporting your child in participating in one. Joining a therapy group can bring with it a mix of emotions from anxiousness to curiosity to excitement. As you make this decision, there are many important questions that you might have. What… Continue reading What is a DBT Skills Group?
When kids struggle with poor emotional regulation, their moods shift between lashing out and withdrawal. When this happens, it is incredibly difficult to understand what is actually going on. Let alone what you can do to help. If you're child experiences these intense emotions, they may benefit from a DBT skills group like the ones we offer at Montgomery Country Counseling.