EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM OF LIVING IN THE PRESENT: DBT SKILLS ANYONE CAN USE

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective evidence-based treatment. It was originally developed by Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (Linehan, 1993). Today, it is used for the treatment of a variety of mental health issues such as depressionbipolar disorder, PTSD, substance dependence, and eating disorders.

 

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EASY MEDITATION FOR YOUR DAILY LIFE

It’s no secret that meditation has positive impacts on our thinking, health, stress levels and mood when practised regularly. In fact, research shows that when meditation is practised even for only 20 minutes a day it can have significant positive impacts on physical and mental health. Better yet, these 20 minutes don’t have to be practised consecutively. Learning to meditate can be challenging. It is hard to stay focused, know what to meditate on, etc. With so many options of imagery, meditations, and mindfulness out there it can be hard to find a simple starting point when things feel overwhelming.

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HOLIDAYS, THE MOST STRESSFUL TIME OF YEAR FOR WOMEN AND HOW TO TAKE THEM BACK!

On Christmas Eve last year I was up until 1am frantically wrapping gifts, surrounded by a mess of paper, ribbons, bows, and tape. I was never to find the scissors (even though they were always next to me). This has come after weeks of shopping, cleaning the house, decorating, cooking, baking, and writing and addressing stakes of Christmas Cards.

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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR YOU

At this point in your life you’ve probably bought your own car, moved into your own place, applied for university, consulted with a medical professional, and/or bought a house. I’m sure these weren’t impulsive decisions either. You probably did some research. You likely didn’t just go to the first dealership you saw and spend tens of thousands of pounds on any vehicle in the lot. Moreover, you probably didn’t take out a mortgage on a house without getting pre-approved by a bank, having a survey done, etc. These decisions and investments were most likely well-thought-out.

Fast forward to today, and you have decided to invest in yourself and consult a therapist to help you with your life goals or quality of life. How do you know the right therapist to hire for you? Is he or she a “therapist-centered” or a “client-centered”? How do you know what either of these looks like?

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STOP WALKING ON EGGSHELLS AROUND YOUR TEEN: THE THREE CS OF PARENTING

With the school year well underway and college applications (or potentially disappointments) it can be a stressful time for anyone with a teenager. So as parents how do we navigate this stress without losing our minds? One helpful tip is “The Three Cs of Parenting.” Consider the advantages of staying Calm, Caring, and Consistent as a parent. Though at times this may sound easier said than done.

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