Within the world of therapy, there are often a lot of terms thrown around. As a consumer, it can be hard to understand what they all mean and what is the best fit for you or your family. In this blog, I will walk you through the difference between adherent DBT versus DBT-informed intervention.
Adherent DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) consists of four components that directly correspond to the evidence-based model developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues. (more…)
DBT is short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. So what does that mean? The term “dialectical” derives from the concept of bringing seemingly opposite ideas together: such as change AND acceptance. These concepts together tend to lead to more positive results than either one alone.
DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy originally created by Dr. Marsha Linehan as an intervention for adults struggling with borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT can be effective for those struggling with a variety of mental health and physical issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, suicidality, and self-injurious behaviors. In addition, research has demonstrated that DBT can help both teens and adults. (more…)
10 Basic Steps to Mental Health Recovery
There are a few basic things you can do to help improve your overall quality of life. While some of these things may seem small, you may be surprised just how much they can impact your mood.
1. Get Enough Sleep: Sleep plays a huge role in both our mental and physical well being. While you sleep, your body and your brain rests and recharges for the next day. Without it, your whole system is altered. In fact, disturbances in sleep is one of the diagnostic criteria for depression, among other mental health illnesses! If you find you are getting poor sleep, not enough sleep, or too much sleep (yes, there is such a thing!), assess your sleep hygiene. (more…)
Is couples counseling right for you?
Is it time to hire a relationship referee? Do you need the “Rosetta Stone” on your significant other? Are you skeptical about having a 3rd party consult on your relationship? Many people ask themselves similar questions when they start to experience frequent problems in their romantic relationships. The truth is, couples counseling has been helpful for many people, and less effective for others, for several reasons.
First, it’s important to take into consideration that couple’s counseling involves a relationship between 3 people: the therapist, and the couple. Therefore, it is not the therapist’s job to “fix” the couple, simply to consult and provide guidance. Furthermore, the therapist (more…)
Your 411 On Mental Health Credentials
Psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist—what’s the difference?? Often times, many people confuse these terms, frequently assuming they’re synonymous. However, they all mean different things, but people in these professions strive for the same outcome: to improve people’s lives.
A therapist is a more general term and refers to anyone who has had some level of training in psychotherapy. This can include psychologists, master’s level counselors, or psychiatrists, to name a few. It is important to know that the term ‘therapist’ is not regulated by any type of licensing or credentialing board, so anyone can call themselves a (more…)
Understand the signs and symptoms of eating disorders within yourself or your child
Most people can understand what an eating disorder looks like in extreme cases – such as those we’ve seen on TV or on documentaries. However what is important to know is that the majority of people with eating disorders do not look like they have an eating disorder. You simply cannot tell by looking at someone if they have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. The cases we see on the media are one there because they are extreme cases– not because they are typical.
While the signs of depression can vary from person to person, there are several common signs and symptoms, such as the following:
Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness: You may feel as if you can’t do anything right and that things will never get better.
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed: It might seem as if you struggle to find motivation to do anything or you don’t enjoy former hobbies, social activities, sex, etc. Perhaps you’ve lost interest in (more…)
Why starting therapy before you are in crisis could be just as important or helpful as seeking care when you are at your peak levels of stress.
We often feel as though there is never a good time to start therapy. Either work is really busy, or you have a lot of travel coming up, or you already feel overextended in your day to day life. (more…)
Have you spent way too much money on weight loss schemes and programs that force you to take this pill or receive this shot while eating basically nothing? Research has shown that 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost within 5 years. This is because after you have lost the initial 5-10% of your body weight, then your body’s natural, protective instincts kick in.
Why traditional dieting does not promote successful, long-term weight loss: