Gestalt therapy rests on five principles based on how people perceive the world around them. The idea is that the mind recognizes patterns, and these patterns fall into groups, or principles. The five patterns are: proximity, similarity, continuity, closure, and connectedness.
I had a very rough weekend. I’m going to talk about it for two reasons. One, it may help someone to know how I handle the really huge anxiety attacks. Two, I often feel like a fake, writing about how to handle anxiety, depression, and PTSD when I still struggle so hard with them. Yes,… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Triggered and Fighting
Today I’m tackling another skill that has been subjected to a lot of scrutiny and criticism, generally from those who don’t understand what it’s about. Radical acceptance is a powerful tool for change and reducing internal turmoil. In hopes of avoiding triggering anyone, I’m going to use an analogy and let you translate that into… Read More Top-Skills Thursday: Radical Acceptance
Distress tolerance is the third module in DBT therapy. This section is exactly what it sounds like; how to handle those overwhelming moments.
I think everyone can agree, the idea of “normal life” has been shoved out the door for a hot minute. In the wake of that, I know myself and many others are struggling to adapt and find a “new normal.” It’s hard though, because all the routines are missing.
Four simple DBT tricks to help when you’re overwhelmed.… Read More Top Skills Thursday: T.I.P.P.
A brief overview of real mindfulness skills.… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT – Part 4A – Mindfulness Skills
How I pulled myself out of a dark spot using self-care these last two days.… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Emergency Care
In times of chaos, don’t be afraid to step away.… Read More Top-Skills Thursday: Step Away
The nuts and bolts of DBT therapy.… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT – Part 3: The Venn Diagram of Treatment