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Category Archives: Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Conflict (or disagreement) happens in relationships of all kinds – between romantic partners, a teen or adult child and parent, siblings, friends, business partners, supervisor and subordinate or co-workers.  One person’s wants, needs or preferences differ from someone else’s in Read more…


Do you ever get the impression that you feel things stronger than other people? Have you been called “sensitive?” Do you feel keenly able to read others’ emotions? Or do you distrust your emotions entirely because they seem too out Read more…


To be human is to experience pain. Things beyond our immediate control happen every day. We experience pain.  Pain is transient; it doesn’t last forever. Suffering also is inevitable but it is different. Suffering happens when we think about the Read more…


It is a bittersweet moment when a client graduates.  I am happy to see their hard work pay off yet sad to see them go.  But, of course, the goal of therapy is healing and that means letting go when Read more…


Nobody makes you fly off the handle or shutdown when you feel rising anger.  You have an urge, you make a choice and you act on it.  All of this can happen in a split second. The question is when Read more…


Despite decades of research, there are still many who believe Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is untreatable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Over the years, I have experienced firsthand the resilience of people in the face of serious BPD Read more…


In my last blog, I talked about what gets in the way of self-compassion and shared a link to test how self-compassionate you are.  Since then, I have done more reading and thinking about how to cultivate self-compassion and the Read more…


There’s lots of talk about resilience these days and just as many questions about what it is, the characteristics of resilient individuals and whether and to what extent it can be learned. The experience of “stressful” or “traumatic” events doesn’t Read more…


Stopping to check the facts in the heat of the moment takes intentional and practiced effort. The more emotionally aroused we become, the more likely we over-interpret or misinterpret the facts of the situation.  When we do this, we run Read more…


Are you married to someone who has borderline personality disorder?  Or maybe you have a child who has BPD? Living with a loved one with BPD can wear on you so much your nerves get frayed and your temper flares, Read more…

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