Many parents start a school day by hearing their child say, “I don’t want to go to school today!” The child hides under the covers or slams the door to their room closed. Or, they insist that they are too sick to go to school. Sound familiar? However, you’ve been worried lately that your child doesn’t seem like their typical, happy-go-lucky self. One red flag is the stomachaches that come on suddenly and for no apparent reason. They might beg and plead for you not to make them go to school or a social event. To make matters worse, last night, there was that flash of anger that caught you by surprise. Take heart, concerned parent; there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these examples. It may be that your child has anxiety.
If you're like most parents, your day has been busy, as usual. Maybe you come home from work focused on getting dinner ready and ensuring that your child completed their homework. However, you’ve been worried lately that your child doesn’t seem like their typical, happy-go-lucky self. One red flag is the stomachaches that come on suddenly and for no apparent reason. They might beg and plead for you not to make them go to school or a social event. To make matters worse, last night, there was that flash of anger that caught you by surprise. Take heart, concerned parent; there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these examples. It may be that your child has anxiety.
Imagine that you are a student back in school. Perhaps you knew that you would have a big term paper due on a specific date at the beginning of the semester. Naturally, you spent weeks preparing your research and writing your paper. You even had it completed a week before the due date! Or did you?
All teens experience mood swings. It’s one of the defining characteristics of that age. However, some teens struggle more when it comes to mood than their peers. This struggle is more than typical teenage moodiness. Teens may feel sad, depressed, or even angry. Therapy can help with these issues, especially dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT.
We often read articles about improving communication between you and your teen. And it's true; we need skilled communication to succeed in any relationship. However, if you dig a little deeper, something more nuanced needs our attention — validation. If you have a sullen, argumentative, or dismissive teenager, you know how hard it can feel to communicate with them.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is a powerful therapeutic tool for in-office treatment sessions. Together, you and your therapist at Suffolk DBT work on untwisting thought patterns that are unhelpful and disruptive. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to doing CBT just when you visit your therapist. Many of the interventions designed for CBT [...]
A blog my boss said. “I want you to write a blog on DBT skills”. I’ve never written a blog before. Will people like it? What will I even write about? Where will I find the time? There is no way I can do this. I’m already counseling my patients as a second job, have supervision group, team consultation, and am going to be starting a class soon. All that with my personal life responsibilities. It’s impossible…
Setting goals isn’t just for adults. Teens also have things that they want to accomplish. Although, they may not frame those thoughts in the same way as an adult might. Still, it creates a perfect time to coach your teen on setting measurable goals. After all, goal-setting is a valuable life skill. Plus, if they learn to [...]
Sometimes, the skill of mindfulness seems like something that only a Zen master living on a remote mountain hilltop could ever successfully achieve. This mindset gives off a false image that mindfulness in unachievable—but it is. The dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skill of mindfulness can be used by anybody, any day, at any time. However, [...]
Setting goals is a pretty standard start to the New Year. After all, it’s a time of looking ahead to new possibilities. Also, this season is about reflecting on your life over a year. It only makes sense that you want to set goals and achieve more in the future. But how do you ensure [...]