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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

6 Ways to Practice Mindfulness During COVID-19

Whenever we find ourselves worrying about the unknowns and the “what ifs” of the future, it is important to take a moment and practice mindfulness. Why? Mindfulness helps us increase our own ability to regulate emotions and observe our thoughts without judgment. It is a way to focus our minds on the present. By staying […]

By |June 11th, 2020|adjusting, anxiety, dbt, stress|0 Comments

Are you ‘demons’ preventing you from being in the present moment?

Recently, I read a quote that said, “You wake up to fight the same demons that left you so exhausted the day before. That’s bravery!” I felt inspired by that and thought.. Jeez, I wonder how many other people believe fighting our ‘demons’ is brave work. Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard people refer to […]

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

Taking Care of Ourselves

In today’s society, people’s identities are shaped by how many hours they work or how few days they take off. In this paradigm, we lose sight of what really matters… Taking care of ourselves. We live to work instead of work to live. Now.. take a moment & think to yourself, Why do I usually […]

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 […]

Mindfulness Exercises to Boost Brain Power

According to the recent article, A Mindful Brain, by writer Laura Vismara,  an extensive body of research, carried out over the course of the past twenty years and supported by the relatively recent introduction of refined brain scanning technologies, suggests that practicing mindfulness meditation or just having a more mindful approach toward life can produce discernible changes in […]