Resources Tagged With: DBT

Demystifying Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Written by Pardis Khosravi, PsyD, Clinical Director and Licensed Psychologist, CHC Clinical Services  and Patrice Crisostomo, PhD, Clinical Program Manager and Licensed Psychologist, CHC Clinical Services

Suicide rates among ages 10-24, while stable from 2000 to 2007, jumped nearly 60 percent by 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2019, 1 in 5 youths had contemplated attempting suicide. And more than 25% of girls reported that they had seriously contemplated attempting suicide during the pandemic, twice the rate of boys.

Despite its increasing prevalence, finding out that your teen is experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harm can be shocking, terrifying, surreal and stressful. Read more ›

What Is Self-Harm?

In this Voices of Compassion episode, we welcome back Jennifer Leydecker, LMFT, CHC Clinic Services to the podcast, to discuss what self-harm looks like in adolescents and how to validate their hurt while encouraging healthier coping strategies. Read more ›

Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

Self-injury, particularly among adolescent girls, has become so prevalent so quickly that scientists and therapists are struggling to catch up. About 1 in 5 adolescents report having harmed themselves to soothe emotional pain at least once, according to a review of three dozen surveys i in nearly a dozen countries, including the United States, Canada and Britain. Read more ›

Olympic Dreams

Written by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

As the 32nd Summer Olympics came to a close, the TV aired hours of footage from the previous two weeks in Tokyo. The highlight reel featured medal-winning moments in every sport from badminton, beach volleyball and BMX freestyle to swimming, skateboarding and surfing. But it was something else that held my attention, something that has been in short supply over the past 18 months—publicly displayed, unmasked emotion. Wonder, gratitude, passion, determination, belief, bonafide hope. Read more ›

Opinion: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Is Helping Young People Find Purpose During the Pandemic

During my nearly 15 years as an adolescent psychiatrist, I have worked with hundreds of young people and their families seeking a path to mental health through problem-solving, relationship and communication tools—and when appropriate—medication. But, until last year, I had not seen hopelessness so prevalent in young people. Read more ›

DBT: One Parent’s Journey

Currently, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the only well-established, evidence-based treatment for self-harming adolescents at high risk for suicide. In this podcast episode, hear one mom’s brave story of helping her teenage daughter through panic attacks, PTSD and self-harming behaviors using DBT skills like mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and communication, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. We are so grateful that she is willing to share her life-changing journey with us. Read more ›

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Fact Sheet [downloadable]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. DBT was originally developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan, a psychologist at the University of Washington. Although initially intended to help chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD, DBT has since been adapted for and used to effectively treat a number of other psychological problems. Read more ›

The Power of Radical Acceptance

Let’s face it. Life can be painful. While we can’t avoid pain, our resistance to accept reality only exacerbates our suffering. In this podcast episode, we sat down with Patrice Cristosomo, PhD and Leeanne Merritt, LCSW, to discuss the power of Radical Acceptance – a practice that involves letting go of the illusion of control and developing a willingness to accept things as they are right now. Read more ›

Dialectical Behavior Therapy — Skills for Taking Control of Your Thoughts, Emotions, and Relationships [web resource]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on teaching people strategies to help them live their best and most productive life. DBT is often used to help people with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorders, addictions, eating disorder, and PTSD. Read more ›

The Importance of Practicing ‘Radical Acceptance’

When we try to grasp for “a false sense of control” or fight against situations/emotions that we cannot change, this often leads to suffering. While there are certainly situations or circumstances in life that are within our control, often there are times when we simply are unable to change the reality of a situation. Read more ›

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