Posts Tagged: Communication Skills

DBT Explained

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy originally developed by Marsha Linehan to treat those who suffer with repeated suicidal thoughts and urges. According to an article by the New York Times, during an interview with the author, Marsha Linehan shared she struggled for many years trying to manage her […]

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Embracing the Changes, Challenges, and the New

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Summer is gone, and by this time of the year your kids are settling into the new school year.  A new school year can bring about a variety of emotions for your student and for you as a parent. Especially in the big transition years. One of the hardest for both parents and their child […]

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If You Are on The Fence About Counseling…

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Since becoming a counselor, it has continued to surprise me how many misconceptions there are out there about counseling and mental health care. In fact, one of the very first clients I ever had asked me if he had to lay down on a couch during sessions. I suppose it didn’t help matters any that […]

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How NOT to Talk to Someone With Anxiety

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It has been my experience that usually when we respond to those who are struggling, we are all trying our best to be as empathetic and kind as possible to our friends and loved ones. While our intentions are good, sometimes we don’t come off in a way that makes the other party feel validated […]

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What to Do When Feeling Defensive

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Defensiveness is a factor dealt with in many relationships, whether it be constant trouble or a road block you encounter every now and then. We see defensiveness when we try to talk to someone about our feelings, experience, or opinions and feel an almost immediate wall built between us or accusation thrown back at us. […]

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Gaining Connection with Your Child

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We are all busy, let’s face it. As adults we are working, parenting, and squeezing in “adult time”; and children are studying in school, doing activities after school, and playing with friends. With our busy schedules, we feel guilt or anxiety of continually choosing these activities over spending quality time as a family. But don’t […]

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Mom Just Listen to Me!

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Sometimes we don’t feel like our parents listen to what we’re trying to say. That can be extremely frustrating and often leaves us feeling misunderstood. Here are a few tips to getting your parent to listen to what you’re saying, whether it’s asking for permission to hang out with friends, explaining your grades, or simply […]

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Be the Change You Want to See In Your Communication

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A common issue that I encounter in my work as a counselor is communication problems. Most of the time we think of communication problems being exclusive to couples or marital counseling, but the reality is communication problems can be a factor in all manner of concerns. Having difficulty communicating can be a contributing factor of […]

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How to Balance Connection & Boundaries During the Holiday Season

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The holiday season can be filled with rich and joyous moments full of connection. The holiday season can also be filled with stress and overworking, trying to connect with family and friends and feeling overwhelmed and burdened in the process. Both experiences are common and navigating your holiday season to find a balance between connection […]

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Effectively Navigating Change

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Fall is approaching and there will be significant changes in our world. Leaves will fall and the temperature will as well. This is a change that we expect to happen each year. Expected changes can be nice however does that mean we will be prepared for them or know how to handle the change? There […]

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