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DBT – ABC PLEASE Skills of Emotion Regulation (Part One)

Think of yourself as a builder.

The DBT skills are your building blocks for your house of emotional resilience.

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Self Care During Therapy – Positive Energy Bubble

The Positive Energy Bubble Mediation is one of many self-care techniques you can use to during therapy to shore up your positive emotional responses against inward or outward feelings of fear and negativity.

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Attachment Theory and Good Enough Parenting

Attachment theory is a complex, broad theory that encompasses human, primate and mammalian behavior. It’s a biologically based relationship defined and strengthened (either positively or negatively) by the quality and quantity of social interactions with the baby’s immediate family and social environment.

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Maternal Mortality and Birth Trauma: A Call for Woman Centered Birth

In my work as a perinatal psychotherapist, I have had the honor of hearing many women’s oral histories about their childbirth. I often see women who have nearly died in childbirth, usually due to hemorrhaging.  

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DBT Skills for the Fourth Trimester

 

DBT for Managing Emotions for New Moms 

Taking care of a newborn is all encompassing. It is exhausting. And it’s natural to want to give our all to our baby.

How can a new mom maintain emotional balance?  It would be insulting to give a simple answer to this complicated and nuanced question. 

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Breast-feeding Moms: Yummy Mocha Coconut Coffee Recipe

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Does Oprah’s Daily Gratitude Journal Really Work?

 

Does Oprah’s Daily Gratitude Journal Really Work?

Let’s take a look at this idea of gratitude.  Gratitude can bring you perspective.  Cultivating an underlying foundation of gratitude can move you from negative energy to more positive energy. Focusing on the good aspects of your life can bring you contentment, while focusing on the negative aspects of your life can fell really bad.  Oprah says daily gratitude journaling changed her life.

Hmm..but being grateful all the time isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s easier to get caught up in a swirl of emotion. We’re all human and can be hijacked by our limbic systems! When someone is actively aggressive towards you, such as working to take your job or if you are physically attacked, it’s not easy to process this anger and aggression away with gratitude. I don’t think it’s possible to for humans to always feel grateful.

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Self-Care: Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Self-Care: Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Safety note: Please realize that self-treatment has its limitations. You must seek professional help for any chronic, lingering or severe emotional or psychological symptoms you are experiencing. The use of essential oils for emotional support is discussed here as just one piece of the pie in your healing, as complementary care only. In addition, this website promotes the safe use of essential oils by these methods only: inhalation, intermittent diffusing and safe levels of dilution in a carrier oil for use on the skin. This website does NOT promote the ingestion of essential oils.

Can essential oils be used for emotional support? Is there evidence to back these claims? There is a small, but growing, body of research indicating that essential oils have a positive effect on mood. And research has also focused on the psychophysiological effects of essential oils at the molecular level as well. The studies indicate that there are positive effects and better designed and additional studies are needed.

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6 DBT Skills to Nurture Your Mental Health During the Holiday Rush

6 DBT Skills to Nurture Your Mental Health During the Holiday Rush

Lots of us get flustered during the busy holiday season.  And, if you’re already coping with a mental health challenges such as grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD or bipolar disorder, keeping up with healthy lifestyle choices will absolutely support your mental health.  When I started thinking about cooking for Thanksgiving, although I  love my family, I started to feel really irritable. I just really didn’t feel like doing all the shopping and cooking. I am involved in some writing projects and other work I’d really like to accomplish.  Ok. What should I do about these feelings of time crunch and irritability that are coming up for me?

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Veterans Yoga Project®: Interview with Dr. Dan Libby

Veterans Yoga Project   Yoga for Emotional Healing PTSD

 

Photo courtesy of VYP, used with permission

Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) is a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping veterans gain access to the healing benefits of yoga with a program called Mindful Resilience. Thanks to the efforts of VYP, the Mindful Resilience yoga program is being used to help veterans and active-duty military personnel heal from the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of war trauma in mental health and addiction treatment programs in the United States and Canada. 

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