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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Borderline Personality Disorder, Insecure Attachment, and The Role of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy or "DBT" therapy was created by psychologist, Dr. Marsha Linehan. She initially created this therapy for individuals with chronic suicidality and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). (If you would like to read more about BPD and it's DSM 5 criteria, Dr. Robert Friedel has an informative blog post on his site, "Borderline Personality… Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder, Insecure Attachment, and The Role of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Attachment

Play Your Way into Connection

Today's blog post is written by guest blogger and life coach, Renee Witkowski. Renee is a professionally trained Christian life coach who specializes in the area of adoptive and foster families. I am so thankful Renee is sharing her experience and knowledge with us! Play Your Way into Connection My family has a funny story… Continue reading Play Your Way into Connection

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DBT Skills: A Life In Balance

DBT SKILLS: A LIFE IN BALANCE (This article was initially published in the June 2017 edition of Adoption Today. Please see citation at the end of the article.) Today, adolescent mental health is a concern our society, and around the world. Just reflecting on the names Columbine and Sandy Hook bring clear memories of devastation,… Continue reading DBT Skills: A Life In Balance

Feeling Strategies -Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide

6 Practical Strategies to Improve Secure Attachment

6 Practical Strategies to Improve Secure Attachment Cathy adopted her sixteen year old daughter, Rachel, from foster care at eight months of age. Cathy shares, “Rachel is on the dance team at school. This week they performed in front of the whole school, and Rachel was really nervous!” “I saw her walk into the gym,… Continue reading 6 Practical Strategies to Improve Secure Attachment

Attachment

“We Are On Our Own In This”

"We Are On Our Own In This" Last weekend I received a call from adoptive mom, Brenna, who was desperately searching for help for her family. She and her husband, John, had adopted a sibling group of three many years ago. The children are now in their teen years. Brenna states, “We have never been… Continue reading “We Are On Our Own In This”

Finding A Therapist

Selecting A Therapist for Your Foster or Adopted Child

Selecting A Therapist for Your Foster or Adopted Child Many parents begin to seek counseling as soon as their child comes home while other families may not see a need arise until a later time, such as adolescence. (I would strongly suggest finding a therapist before there is a critical need for one.) For most… Continue reading Selecting A Therapist for Your Foster or Adopted Child

Feeling Strategies -Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide

Is This behavior Normal Or Is It Adoption Related?

Is This Behavior Normal Or Is It Adoption Related? Jodi, mother of 5 year old Sasha, voices a common concern, “I am a parent who wonders if some of the ‘issues’  I see in my child are normal or adoption related; I wonder if therapy would help her? I am a wholehearted believer in the… Continue reading Is This behavior Normal Or Is It Adoption Related?