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How Can DBT Help You Prepare for a Fresh Start and Shape Your Future?

Are you ready for a change? Do you feel like you need a fresh start in life? You may have been through a tough time recently or are struggling with your mental health. Or you’re stuck in a rut and want to inject purpose and excitement into your days. Whatever your reason, the good news […]

What Makes DBT Therapy Different

Imagine you’re playing a video game where you have to balance on a tightrope while juggling and fighting off ninjas. Sounds tough, right? Well, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT for short, is a kind of therapy that teaches you skills kind of like how to balance, juggle, and fight in the game of life, especially […]

What Happens in the ER When Your Child’s Mental Health is in Crisis?

You’re terrified and unsure of what else to do – your child’s mental health has reached a crisis point, and you feel you have no choice but to enlist in the care of emergency psychiatric treatment for your child. As you drive to the emergency room, a whirlwind of questions floods your mind: What will happen […]

How Therapy Can Empower Adoptees in Overcoming the Fear of Abandonment

If you are an adoptee, you may be familiar with the constant feeling of walking on eggshells, fearing the people closest to you will inevitably leave. Being separated from your biological parents at a young age can lead to a lifetime of feelings of loss, rejection, and insecurity. However, there is hope. By reaching out […]

Navigating A Self Harm Relapse with DBT: A Teen’s Guide to Healing and Hope

Facing a setback after a period of progress can be disheartening. You may have felt like you were finally managing your self-harm urges, returning to feeling more like yourself, and then something triggered a self harm relapse. Now, you’re left feeling overwhelmed with emotions—shame, fear, and a sense of hopelessness. Take a deep breath. This is […]

Building Resilient Families: DBT Skills for Kids

Life in New York can sometimes be overwhelming, particularly when we feel stretched thin; which makes effective communication and conflict resolution even more challenging. The exact opposite of the resilience strength you want for your family. Fortunately, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills offer practical strategies for strengthening your family bonds, supporting your child’s emotional well-being, […]

What is Adoption Competent Therapy?

Image of a mixed race family with two black parents who adopted a young girl. The family would benefit from working with an adoption competent therapist on Long Island.

Adoption has lifelong effects on individuals and families who experience it—lifelong positive and negative effects that can impact the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of adoptees and the families adopting them. Since challenges can arise at any life stage after adoption, adoptive families should consider seeing an adoption-competent therapist, such as our very own Ann Marie […]

Using DBT Mindfulness to Make the Most of Thanksgiving

Image of a family carving their turkey on Thanksgiving and looking for ways to be mindful during this holiday season as a boost to their DBT therapy in Suffolk County NY.

Holiday ads, cards, movies, and other media traditionally promote gratitude and cheer. You may feel forced to conform to the joyful seasonal attitude. But in some cases, feigning cheeriness on the outside may go against what you’re feeling inside. When you’re more mindful, aware, and honest about how you feel and why, however, you’ll healthily […]

How is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) so effective?

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What is DBT? Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for teens, adults, and children is a very effective form of therapy that combines individual therapy with skills training group sessions to support individuals in managing emotions and navigating life’s difficulties. If you’re new to therapy, you may not be aware of the research and effectiveness behind DBT. You may […]

How DBT Can Help Empower Children on the Autism Spectrum

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DBT for children on the Autism Spectrum Children on the autism spectrum need tools to learn self-advocacy and empowerment. Autism is a complex range of neurodevelopmental conditions that need proper care. While there are a variety of therapeutic approaches, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is particularly useful for addressing autism. Rather than attempting to fundamentally change who […]