DBT for Highly Sensitive People If you get upset easily or often over-analyze situations, people might hurl “You’re so sensitive!” at you as an insult. It probably stings when they do. But emotional sensitivity isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Like any aspect of personality, there are pros and cons to being sensitive. You may [...]
Do Not be Afraid to Seek Therapy or Do Not Feel like You Are Less of a Person for Going to Therapy. 1. DBT treatment is made accessible to everyone, especially teens. There are many people with many reasons for going to DBT treatment. It does not make you weaker or less of a person [...]
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for teens is how professionals work with teens with suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, or other self-destructive behaviors. DBT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy which aims to identify the negative thought patterns and reverse them into positive thoughts.
There are many articles and stories out there discussing teen anxiety and also the impact of social media. In fact, it is estimated that teenagers spend, on average, about 9 hours a day on social media platforms. They are interacting with each other, sending messages and sharing photos and videos. However, issues such as peer pressure, something that many teens face in real life (also known as “IRL”) have also moved online too.
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.
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 [...]
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 you need is a plan. [...]
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 and become closer with your [...]
Although it often doesn't make it easier as a parent, you might genuinely know that your teen is trying to make positive changes. But, you still feel frustrated sometimes. After all, sometimes it’s hard to accept (or understand) teenagers and their behaviors. Perhaps the cycle looks something like you becoming upset and them lashing out—and [...]