Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Is Food Influencing My Child or Teen’s Mood? Using the DBT Skill, PLEASE

In times past, when a child or teen was suffering with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues we would just consider counseling and medicine. Now, we know how critical healthy, nutritious food is to the brain and it's role in our mood. The truth is, what we put in our body directly affects how… Continue reading Is Food Influencing My Child or Teen’s Mood? Using the DBT Skill, PLEASE

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT Skill, Turning the Mind; and DBT Skills for Parents and Teachers: Validation and Self Regulation

In DBT, there are two groups of skills that fall under the module, distress tolerance, crisis survival and reality acceptance. Today’s skill, turning the mind is a reality acceptance skill.  Let’s take a step back for a moment, and remind readers about distress tolerance. These skills help youth to bear pain, and to non-judgmentally accept… Continue reading DBT Skill, Turning the Mind; and DBT Skills for Parents and Teachers: Validation and Self Regulation

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Announcing: 2019 DBT Skills Class for Teens

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group is for teens (13 - 18 years old) with depression, anxiety, self-harm behaviors, suicidal ideation, school pressure, and family or peer relationship issues. In group, teens learn to regulate emotions, manage stress and crisis situations without making them worse, and get along better with others. DBT skills are taught… Continue reading Announcing: 2019 DBT Skills Class for Teens

Attachment

When Young Adult Adoptees & Foster Kids Leave Home for The First Time

As the parent of a graduating adoptee or foster child, you probably have been pondering numerous choices as your teen finishes high school, such as which college, technical school, or community college to attend; financial aid and scholarships; room mates and living arrangements. As a therapist who specializes in adoption, foster care, and trauma; I… Continue reading When Young Adult Adoptees & Foster Kids Leave Home for The First Time

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My Favorite DBT Books

Dr. Marsha Linehan created DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, in the 1980’s for adults with Borderline Personality disorder and suicidal thinking. DBT is now considered the gold standard treatment for many disorders including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and PTSD. In 2011, DBT was shown to be effective for the adolescent population. Currently, researchers are working… Continue reading My Favorite DBT Books

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Ghosts in the Adoption: Understanding the Impact of an Adoptive Parent’s Own History

Today's blog post is written by Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, Director of Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth, birth through age 21, and their families. While at Chaddock, she has been instrumental in the development of an innovative residential program for adolescents, ages 8… Continue reading Ghosts in the Adoption: Understanding the Impact of an Adoptive Parent’s Own History

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

4 Handy Tips to Change Your Home or School Environment From Invalidating to Validating and Calm

The biosocial theory states that some people are born with a genetic predisposition to being emotionally sensitive. These individuals are emotionally reactive and have a hard time coming back to their baseline calm; and when the genetic predisposition is coupled with an invalidating environment it causes the child or teen to develop a pattern of… Continue reading 4 Handy Tips to Change Your Home or School Environment From Invalidating to Validating and Calm

FASD

FASD: What Is It?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD, describes the range of effects that occur from  prenatal alcohol exposure which affects 1 in 100 infants every year. FASD is not a genetic condition and is 100% preventable; it develops in infants whose birth mothers drank alcohol during her pregnancy. FASD causes mental, physical, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. There… Continue reading FASD: What Is It?

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6 Reasons Why Your Child or Teen’s Counseling Isn’t Helping

I recently polled the moms and dads in my facebook group to ask what blog posts they would like to read this year. (Please join us in our Forever Families group!) One of the parents asked "Why is my child is not improving in therapy?" which spurred me to write this blog post. Please contact… Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Your Child or Teen’s Counseling Isn’t Helping