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Nurturing Resilience to Life Challenges

Counseling has historically focused on reducing emotional distress and limiting risk factors for optimal mental health. Resilience psychology is an example of a component of psychotherapy that promotes personal growth in response to adversity and trauma. With regard to the current viral pandemic, promoting resilience and nurturing resilience can be an effective way to help […]

By |July 6th, 2020|dbt, Psychotherapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Ways to Reduce the Physical Sensations of Anger

Anger is an energizing emotion that comes with unpleasant physical sensations. Since anger is a part of our body’s natural defense system, these physical sensations help prepare the body to take what are perceived to be life-saving actions. The physical sensations that accompany anger (increased heart rate, increased respiration, tensed muscles, tightness in the jaw, […]

By |February 28th, 2020|anger, dbt, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six Ways Physical Activity Can Help Fight Overwhelming Emotions

Mental health practitioners routinely nurture modifications to thoughts and behaviors as a means of helping people manage overwhelming emotions. Recently though, clinical efforts have increased attention towards nurturing physical activity as a means of increasing resilience to overwhelming emotions. Listed below are six ways you can nurture your physical health which will also improve your […]

By |January 17th, 2020|dbt, emotions, Health and Wellness|0 Comments

Using DBT Skills to Reduce Social Anxiety

Many people struggle with some type of social anxiety; however, there are ample DBT skills to help manage it. As it pertains to mental health, social phobia is recognized as the most common anxiety disorder and in addition to taking many forms, it can impact people in diverse ways. Because being in the presence of […]

By |October 25th, 2019|anxiety, dbt|0 Comments

How Changing Body Language Can Help Your Mood

Emotions are often felt physiologically. Whenever someone is feeling stress or anxiety, body changes take place such as elevated temperature, increased respiration and, in some cases, nausea. Furthermore, people usually adopt body language that is congruent with their feelings: someone who is anxious is usually taking up little space and displays closed body language. Recent […]

By |September 5th, 2019|dbt, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Benefits of Acceptance to Emotional Health

Sometimes when people try to change the attitude or behaviors of others, they often find themselves in a power struggle. When a loved one is struggling with overwhelming emotions, this can lead to dangerous situations. While acceptance of the limitations of your control over others may be helpful to your emotional state, it can also […]

Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Strategies for Dealing with Worry

Worry is a common experience for everyone. It serves a function to identify a problem in the future so that you come up with a solution to solve it. This can help make the future more predictable and under our control: to reduce potential anxiety.

Worry can also serve as a generator of more anxiety though. […]

By |December 28th, 2018|anxiety, dbt, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using Self-Care to Reduce Vulnerability to Stress

Experiencing stress in our daily lives is unavoidable. Stress is a much broader concept than anxiety in that it refers to the response your body has when you are facing situations that force you to act or adapt to your environment. Stress serves an important function in that it communicates to you that your body’s […]

By |September 21st, 2018|burnout, dbt|0 Comments

Recognizing Toxic Relationships

Toxic relationships can develop in both our personal lives, such as parent-child, siblings, friendships, acquaintances, tenant/landlord, and so forth, as well as in our professional lives, as in supervisor-employee or vice versa, and co-workers. Toxic relationships are typically defined by an imbalance in the ratio between what you invest in the relationship and what you […]

By |December 1st, 2017|dbt, relationships, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Understanding Emotions Can Help Parents and Teenagers

Having an understanding of how a teenager’s emotions develop can give parents useful strategies to better parent and avoid a situation from elevating. Using the scenario below, we can analyze how a teenager’s emotions develop and figure out a way to retell the story of their emotions:
Jill is a 16-year-old high school student. She has […]

By |November 3rd, 2017|dbt, emotions, Parenting, Uncategorized|0 Comments