Does Your Thinking Help You Cope or Cause You Anguish?

thinking about stressful eventsEmotions happen in an instant.  Your supervisor shoots down an idea in front of your colleagues and you’re humiliated.  You’re teenage son leaves his socks on the living room floor again and you’re angry.  Your best single girlfriend tells you she’s getting married and you feel lonely, happy or rejected (or maybe all three).

How you think about events that happen in your life, especially those stressful life events, can either help you get through tough times with an amount of equilibrium or it can derail you and end with your emotions in extremes. Continue reading “Does Your Thinking Help You Cope or Cause You Anguish?” »

6 Things You Can Expect From Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is becoming more commonly available.  With its spread, more people are referred to DBT therapists and groups and are considering entering DBT treatment.  But what is it?  If you enter treatment, what you can expect?  How will your therapist respond to you?  What will be the focus of the treatment?

There are three primary treatment activities in DBT.  These are individual therapy, group skills training and coaching in crisis situations.  Individual therapy and the skills training group usually meet each week, while coaching in crisis occurs as necessary.  Each of these 3 activities has specific goals and structure, which are usually explained to you at the beginning of treatment.  Regardless of whether it’s individual, group or a crisis, DBT treatment is comprised of the following 6 characteristics. Continue reading “6 Things You Can Expect From Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)” »