5 Compelling Reasons Why You Need DBT Skills for a Balanced Life
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5 Compelling Reasons Why You Need DBT Skills for a Balanced Life

Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and sometimes, we need effective tools to navigate the challenges that come our way. Enter Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills—a set of practical techniques designed to enhance emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and overall well-being. Whether you’re struggling with emotional turbulence or simply aiming for personal growth,…

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…

Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself
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Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself

Trauma can feel like being caught in a storm, with emotions overwhelming us and our thoughts spinning out of control. During these moments, grounding techniques can be a lifeline, helping you find stability.  Let’s review five tips to help you stay present, connected, and anchored. When anxiety or dissociation strikes, take a deep breath and…

Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism
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Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Having worked almost a decade with clients who suffered from eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression as well as trauma, one of the common themes among many was this push for “perfection” across many areas of their lives. This showed up in body image and appearance, school performance, friendships, relationship…

Shame vs. Guilt
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Shame vs. Guilt

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Guilt and Shame can be confusing to many, and yet they influence our mental states and mental health. Understanding the difference between the two can be helpful in changing how we speak to ourselves in our own head (our self-talk). If we are parents, it can also be influential in…

How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety”
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How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety”

How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety?” How it Developed and Tips on How to Reduce It By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA   It’s everywhere right now. Can y’all feel it? Kids are hummin’ with it, Moms and Dads are feelin’ it, too. Employers are not exempt, either! It’s the mix and presence of both hopeful…

Coping Toolbox for Stress
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Coping Toolbox for Stress

Creating a Coping Toolbox for Stress If you are like us, you’re probably wondering why in heck your kid (s) are doing some things during this pandemic. We’ve been hearing from lots of clients about toileting accidents, baby talk, clinginess, constant requests, irritability, refusal to do common tasks, and binging on technology. I’ll tell you…

Dealing with an Explosive Kid? – How You Can Approach Anger Management
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Dealing with an Explosive Kid? – How You Can Approach Anger Management

It’s normal for kids to get angry from time to time. We all do, and we shouldn’t expect anything different from our children.  Sometimes, acting out just makes sense when you’re angry. That’s especially true for a child who may not be able to fully express their anger in other ways but with “explosive” actions. …

Biofeedback for Stress Management – How Does It Work?
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Biofeedback for Stress Management – How Does It Work?

Biofeedback can help with a variety of health conditions—from headaches and asthma to chronic pain and high blood pressure. But it can also be used for stress management and anxiety. During a biofeedback session, electrical sensors are connected to different areas of your body. These sensors give you information about what’s going on in your…

7 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Overcome Depression
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7 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Overcome Depression

Most people will experience a depressive episode at some point in their lives. And some of those will deal with clinical depression that persists for months or even years. Although talk therapy and medication are the go-to treatment methods for depression, lifestyle changes can also be hugely beneficial in alleviating symptoms. Starting a practice and…