Types Of Anxiety In Kids And Teens: Symptoms And Management Strategies
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Types Of Anxiety In Kids And Teens: Symptoms And Management Strategies

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood and adolescence, but when fears and worries persist, they can take a significant toll on a young person’s well-being. It’s important for you to recognize the different forms of anxiety that can affect kids and teens so you can understand the challenges they may face. Anxiety in young…

Teen Social Media and Mental Health: Understanding the Impact

Teen Social Media and Mental Health: Understanding the Impact

As you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of social media, it’s important to consider its impact on mental health, especially among teens. With platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat becoming virtual extensions of daily life, understanding the correlation between screen time and psychological well-being has never been more crucial. Research indicates that teens spending more than…

The Brainstorm: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain
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The Brainstorm: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain

Ah, adolescence—a time of growth, exploration, and seemingly endless changes. As parents, teachers, and mentors, we often find ourselves scratching our heads, wondering why teenagers act the way they do. Well, fret not! The secrets lie within the teenage brain, and it’s time for us to unravel the fascinating phenomenon known as the “brainstorm.” The…

Raising the Extraordinary: Nurturing Your Highly Sensitive Child/Teen
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Raising the Extraordinary: Nurturing Your Highly Sensitive Child/Teen

In a world that often celebrates toughness and resilience, it’s essential to recognize and embrace the beauty of sensitivity. If you’re a parent of a highly sensitive child or teenager, you have the privilege of raising an extraordinary soul with a unique and deeply perceptive perspective. In this blog, we’ll delve into the world of…

Who’s an Ideal Client for DBT: A Path to Empowerment and Emotional Well-Being
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Who’s an Ideal Client for DBT: A Path to Empowerment and Emotional Well-Being

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized and evidence-based treatment approach that has proven highly effective in helping individuals navigate emotional challenges and improve their overall well-being. While DBT can be beneficial for a wide range of people, there are specific characteristics that make someone an ideal client for this transformative therapy. Let’s explore who…

DBT: Four Stages of Treatment
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DBT: Four Stages of Treatment

What is DBT and what does it treat? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was founded in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, a psychologist and researcher. It was initially developed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder who experience intense emotional dysregulation, unstable relationships, and impulsive behavior. Over time, DBT has been adapted to…

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating? 
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Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating? 

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?  By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CEDS As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), the most common questions I get about eating disorders (EDO) involve the difference between a full-blown diagnosable eating disorder versus the more mild ‘disordered eating’ patterns.  Introduction Sometimes people might state, “My child is just a picky eater,”…

How is Comprehensive DBT different than DBT-Informed care:  And When is Comprehensive DBT Needed?
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How is Comprehensive DBT different than DBT-Informed care: And When is Comprehensive DBT Needed?

Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), has a section in her recent memoir titled, “DBT Skills are Life Skills.” She describes, “…in all these skills, the emphasis is on being effective in one’s life, in the social and practical realms.” Dr. Linehan speaks not only from her professional training, but also…

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 101: What is it and how can it help you?
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 101: What is it and how can it help you?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 101: What is it and how can it help you? by Shannan Blum, LMFT  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was initially developed by Marcia Linehan in the 1980s. She noticed patients with chronic suicidal thoughts often demonstrated ‘skills deficits’ along with extreme emotional sensitivities. She observed the suicidal thoughts occurred less frequently…