Week 1: A DBT Skills Blog – Challenging my own myths.


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…

How to Help Your Teen Set Measurable Goals

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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. [...]

How to Use the DBT Skill of Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life


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 [...]

3 Ways CBT Can Help You Set and Achieve Goals in the New Year


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. [...]

Parents, What to Do If Your Child Is Suicidal

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If you’ve just learned that your child is suicidal, it's only natural to feel lost on what to do. Knowing that your teen is struggling so much that they want to end their life is heartbreaking for any parent. You likely want to swoop them up and protect them, and yet, what [...]

5 Ways to Help a Loved One Who Self-Harms


Knowing that someone you love is self-harming can be very difficult. You don’t want your loved one to be suffering at all. Yet, you know that they have been dealing with some severe issues for a long time. Seeing them not only emotionally distraught but also physically hurting themselves is painful [...]

Is Returning to College Stressing You Out? – How DBT Can Help


It’s that time of year when students across the country are returning to college. Yet for many, what should be a moment of optimism is filled with dread. Plenty of elements can cause stress for students—finalizing the class schedule, moving into housing, getting settled in with a new roommate, etc. For [...]

It’s Summer! – 4 Tips on How to Become Closer with Your Teen

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Hooray for summer! Summer vacation, road trips, family picnics, and barbecues are all typical summertime events. Yet, summer offers a break not just from school. It also mixes up the schedule that your family typically follows for most of the year. What this can offer you is more opportunities to interact [...]

Feeling Stretched Thin? – How to Prioritize Your Mental Health


Everyone has a stressful day occasionally. But, have you noticed that you're having more stress-filled days than you would like? Are you feeling stretched so thin that you are reaching a breaking point? Unfortunately, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with this problem, which can cause not just emotional trouble but [...]