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Loving Again After Invalidation: Interpersonal Effectiveness DBT Skills in Action

Have you ever experienced feeling unloved or unheard by your significant other after opening up about your emotions? It can be an excruciating experience, right? This Valentine’s Day, we’re focusing in on how to heal from harmful invalidation in your relationships and rediscovering how to love (and trust) again. By utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Get Through a Breakup: Using DBT Skill Opposite Action for Love

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There’s no easy way to put it. Breakups are hard. You are grieving the loss of a partner and the hopes you had for a future with them. Depending on how things ended, you may be left with feelings of anxiety, depression, or fear of abandonment. If it’s of any consolation, what you’re experiencing is […]

Using DBT Mindfulness to Make the Most of Thanksgiving

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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 […]

Check the Facts: Managing Your Emotions to Improve Relationships

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We’ve all experienced it before. A sudden, knee-jerk emotional response. Likely, it’s one we wish we could take back when all is said and done. We respond to our interpretation of events. Therefore, our responses are often valid given what we believe. But, is our interpretation true? When given the appropriate tools, you do have […]

4 Ways Validation Can Improve Your Relationships

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When you validate someone else it can go a long way towards creating understanding. That’s because validation often requires stepping into someone else’s shoes for a moment and seeing the world as they do. Many valuable tools fall under the overall skill of effective communication. Yet, some of the tools and skills may seem hard […]

DBT and Relationships — Suffolk DBT

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Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Your Relationships This blog was written by a person who has gone through the DBT Program and describes in detail the application of the Interpersonal Skills. “Is This Effective?” and Negotiating Interpersonal Relationships Written by  J.H. One of the most helpful things I’ve learned in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is to ask […]