Relationships can sometimes bring distress and for some, emotions feel like a Tsunami! An effective form of therapy can help reduces the size of emotional waves and find balance DURING the storm (not just AFTER the storm like most traditional therapies). Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that teaches both self-acceptance AND self-improvement. For example, Jan was in therapy to learn how to cope with her rebellious teen daughter. One statement she made over and over was, “I am a terrible mom!” She had a long list of reasons to support this belief and spent a great deal of time obsessing over why she was not a good mom. Jan reacted by yelling, criticizing, and using extreme forms of punishment which caused her daughter to become withdrawn and increased alienation. Using DBT, she was able to identify and accept her feelings of inadequacy as a mom, but then learned skills to regulate intense emotions, leading to a more effective way of communicating with her teen and ultimately, a loving relationship. DBT helped Jan move from her view of “what I am doing wrong” to “what I can do right”. Jan realized judging and criticizing herself actually kept her in pain and worsened her relationships.More
So often we define our happiness by all we have. But perhaps the key to a happier life is giving up certain things. Studio 5 Self-Improvement Contributor Julie Hanks, LCSW reveals six things to give up for a happier life. Watch the interview!
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