Posts Categorized: Stress & Emotions

Why DBT Skills Training?

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a proven therapy for all mental health issues that include emotion dysregulation as a symptom.  Dysregulation is when someone is having difficulty managing their emotions.  Unrelenting depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and OCD are just a few of the disorders that respond well to DBT therapy.  However, […]

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Parenting: Before You Fix It, Sit With It

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Much like a wife desires a husband to hear about her day before coming up with solutions for her daily difficulties, our children desire the same from parents. Too often we as parents accelerate past the consoling portion of the parenting process (because nothing is more painful for a parent than seeing the pain and […]

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10 Quotes That Give My Mind (and Mood) A Boost

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Just like tiny particles of pollen that impair our physical health each spring, one intrusive thought can undermine our mental health no matter the season. A negative thought or judgment can leave our mind a little fuzzy and have us feeling low and disengaged. Through Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), we can notice these unwanted thoughts and […]

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DBT’s Guide to Self-Soothing

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized type of cognitive therapy that focuses on helping individuals regulate their emotions, tolerate painful emotions, and maintain relationships with others. One of the skills DBT focuses on is self-soothing. Self-soothing is your ability to cope through a situation without the help of others. It’s helpful and important to […]

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Changes and Transitions Happen Faster than We Want!

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Let’s face it, children are always growing up too fast and going through different points of transition that may be harder than others. Sometimes during different times of change it can cause anxiety or sadness for kids because they do not know how to handle it. We want to be able to support our children […]

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Helping Siblings Cope

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When a child is first diagnosed with cancer, the parent’s focus is inevitably on getting their child the care and treatment they need.  This focus continues through treatment and can last months or even years.  It is a very natural and logical thing for parents to do and no one would argue that it is […]

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6 Self Care Tips to Reduce Stress

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You can’t always control what stress life brings your way, but you can control how you choose to take care of yourself to reduce the tension you experience during those difficult times. Indulging in self-care helps you build resilience towards stress. When you neglect to focus on your personal needs, such as healthy eating habits […]

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What is Self-Compassion?

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Self-Compassion allows us to manage negative self-talk, perfectionism, people pleasing and judgmental thinking.  Self-Compassion increases our resilience to suffering, shame and failure.  In order to understand Self-Compassion, it is helpful to first reflect on what compassion is and what it feels like. Compassion happens when we recognize the suffering of another.  We can only recognize […]

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Repressed Memories: Fact or Fiction?

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Do our brains protectively block our own recall of memories of traumatic experiences?  Repressed memories are thought to be blocked from one’s conscious awareness due to a high level of stress or trauma associated with the forgotten experience.  The validity of repressed memories – also referred to as dissociative amnesia or psychogenic amnesia – has […]

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Do I have To? 4 Tips to Dealing with the Procrastination Monster

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Procrastination gets the best of all of us. Things pile up and then we find ourselves doing everything else but those things. During busy times at work, I find myself cleaning every part of my house just to avoid thinking about work tasks! Often the longer you procrastinate the more intense the stress about the […]

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