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Katie Watts Renell's picture

Back to Dreaded School

It’s that time of year again! Back to school! Everyone is super pumped to get up early and get back at it… or not. This time of year can be like an emotional roller coaster.  I’m sure, most of you aren’t that excited to be grinding out long days in the classrooms again. At the same time, it can be pretty cool to see all of your friends again or maybe you were just starting to feel painfully bored. Regardless of how you feel, school is back and you’re in it for the long haul. So the question becomes: How do I balance the pleasant with the unpleasant?

Megan Kumming's picture

Conquering Performance Anxiety

Good ole anxiety. Just like an annoying neighbor who will show up un announced, stay for much longer than welcomed, and leaves you with a mess to clean up. That sounds fun, right? This analogy is one that I think we can all relate to, and one that we wish didn’t exist. Much like that annoying neighbor, we cannot necessarily predict when/how anxiety will show up, and we can learn to manage it more effectively. Anxiety is especially challenging when it spikes right before we go on stage or get up to the podium or enter into a competition situation.

Jane Le's picture

A Memoir of a DBT Therapist Who Needed Her Skills

Oftentimes in DBT, we ask our clients to practice behaviors that may seem uncomfortable or foreign to them.  We’re met with reactions like, “I can’t do this,” “I don’t want to use my skills,” or “Do you even know what it’s like?”  And while I can’t proclaim to know what it’s like to live my clients’ lives, I can tell you I was met with a... let’s call it “less-than-ideal…” situation two weeks ago.  And do you know what I did?  I used my skills…

Why Mindfulness?

Around our office you will often find us talking about being mindful (or not being mindful) and saying things like “Be where your feet are” or “Do you think you are time traveling?”  Mindfulness, or being in the present moment, is an integral part of DBT and takes daily practice to reap the full benefits. We also frequently talk about keeping a nonjudgmental stance, an important feature of mindfulness and DBT skills. Current research indicates mindfulness may contribute to remaining non-judgmental.

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Breaking Down A New Year's Resolution

Towards the end of every December, we start thinking about what New Years’ resolution we are going to achieve in the next year. It has always been fascinating to me that on January 1st, everyone decides that they are going to make a change. They are going to do something to better their lives in the following year. Which is a wonderful idea! There is always something in our lives that we want to be better. And January 1st seems like the ideal day to start. Let’s get the new year off to a fabulous start!

Katie Watts Renell's picture

Holiday Boundaries

The holidays inevitably seem to test our boundaries, particularly with family members. It can be so difficult deciding which set of family members/friends to spend your holiday with, or if your like me, wondering if you should try to make multiple stops throughout the day to try to please everyone.  This can be especially difficult for children of divorce.

Megan Kumming's picture

Conquering The Holidays

I don’t know about you, but there is a very big dialectic that occurs for me when the holidays come around every year. The dialectic is one of like and dislike. Don’t get me wrong, I love tradition, shopping, family, friends, and parties, and at the same time all of those things can be extremely overwhelming. The holidays are busy and wrought with expectations that can be difficult to attain. I have found these few tips to be very helpful when navigating the holidays.

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Is Self-Care Selfish?

We have all heard the term “self-care,” and we all know what it means.  Eat right. Get enough sleep. Get exercise. Take care of yourself when you get sick. All those things we know we “should” do and yet we somehow still don’t “have the time” to do them.  Many people believe that if they take time away from their responsibilities to focus on themselves, they are selfish. Is it?

Amy Eisenman's picture

Throwback Thursday Benefits You

Each Thursday my newsfeed becomes inundated with pictures of friends and family members from a time long ago. The pictures, while embarrassing at times, seem to always put a smile on my face. It doesn’t matter what ridiculous outfit my mother dressed me up in or the perm she thought “looked amazing” – the pictures just make me smile.

Megan Kumming's picture

Have a Mindful Summer

As I sat down to write this blog the song that was playing in my head was “School’s Out for Summer,” by Alice Cooper; the song was accompanied by vivid imagery of kids skipping and jumping out of the school building, into their cars, headed out on a journey towards freedom. Summer can be such a freeing, relaxing, and mindless time where energy can be spent doing fun activities rather than spending countless hours on homework per night.


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