Posts Categorized: Stress & Emotions

Giving the Gift of Validation

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Validation is important because it communicates I hear you, I see you, and I care. When experienced from others it can feel like you have received the gift of acceptance and feeling understood. This is what makes learning the art of validation so important. It is an important skill that increases healthy communication with others, […]

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Taking Care of Your Mind by Taking Care of Your Body

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As the weeks are progressing and the months turn into fall, I have been hearing from more and more of my clients about their stress level, study schedule, and difficulty managing everything they have to accomplish. It can be hard to prioritize ourselves when there are deadlines and projects looming overhead. One of the things […]

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A Simple Fix to a Bad Day

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Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong? Or maybe you feel irritable for unknown reasons and you can’t shake the feeling.  Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and her team created a skill called Opposite Action that can help turn a bad day around. Opposite Action is exactly like […]

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Make It Positive

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Often times when I’m meeting with parents for the first time to discuss therapy for their child, parents feel desperate for help and change as soon as possible, yet they understand that even with therapy it will take time before they notice any changes. Parents often ask me, “Is there anything I can do in […]

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Surviving Your Partner’s Depression

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If your partner is suffering from depression, you may be feeling helpless, overwhelmed, frustrated and confused.  Trying to help may have left you feeling rejected, ignored or alone.  Your depressed partner needs love and support, but you alone cannot reverse the depression. Clinical depression is a mood disorder that negatively impacts the depressed person’s thinking, […]

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Anxiety: What to Do and Not Do

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Anxiety seems to be a common word I hear at every age with my clients. It seems to be increasing in children, and adolescents. For parents I understand that sometimes it can be tricky navigating what to do and not to do.  Every child is different and as parents know what works for one child […]

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The Road to Acceptance

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Things in our lives happen that are out of our control. The car breaks down. We get a shocking health diagnosis. People leave. The college you had your heart set on doesn’t accept you. Sometimes painful and unexpected things happen in our lives that we couldn’t have anticipated. Often these things shock us (understandably so) […]

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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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