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,…

Navigating Emotions: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Distress Tolerance
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Navigating Emotions: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Distress Tolerance

Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, they inform us about the world around us and what’s important to us, and they can be incredibly powerful forces that shape our thoughts and behaviors. However, managing emotions is a skills that few of us are actually taught growing up. For many people managing, emotions…

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…

Uses of Psychological Testing: From a Psychologist’s Point of View
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Uses of Psychological Testing: From a Psychologist’s Point of View

Ever think about pursuing psychological testing for yourself or a family member? Recently, our founder Dr. Lauren Pasqua discussed the uses for psychological testing on this podcast from Mosaics of Mercy. Here are some highlights from that discussion, or you can listen to the whole podcast here.  What are some common uses for psychological testing? Testing…

What is the Role of a Psychologist?
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What is the Role of a Psychologist?

  We get questions all the time at Connections Child and Family Center about the role of psychologists. Recently, our founder Dr. Lauren Pasqua discussed this topic on this podcast from Mosaics of Mercy. Here are some highlights from that discussion, or you can listen to the whole podcast here.  What do all those credentials…

The Psychology of Success: What Does It Mean to Have a Growth Mindset?
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The Psychology of Success: What Does It Mean to Have a Growth Mindset?

According to research done by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, people either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.  These terms refer to how we grow and learn as people. When it comes to these different types of mindset, learning whether you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset can help you to…

Factors That Increase the Risk of Depression in Teen Boys
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Factors That Increase the Risk of Depression in Teen Boys

While it’s true that teen depression seems to impact girls more often, teen boys certainly aren’t immune.  In fact, the mental health statistics surrounding teenagers might even be slightly skewed because many young men are afraid to admit they’re struggling. This is a problem when it comes to men and mental health, in general.  It’s…

Perfectionism and Anxiety: A Complicated and Complex Connection
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Perfectionism and Anxiety: A Complicated and Complex Connection

If you’ve ever been described as a perfectionist, there are probably several different ways you can take it. In some cases, perfectionism can be a good thing. For others, though, it can cause a lot of turmoil—including anxiety.  Perfectionists tend to work very hard to appear as though they have their lives together. Unfortunately, that…