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What the Heck is the Biosocial Theory?

What the Heck is the Biosocial Theory?

What the Heck is the Biosocial Theory?  We’re talking about the biosocial theory today, and as with the concept of dialectics, the biosocial theory is a fundamental underpinning of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Therefore, whether you’re considering DBT for...

Mindfulness of Others: Through a DBT Lens

Mindfulness of Others: Through a DBT Lens

Mindfulness of Others: Through a DBT Lens By Nikita Patel, Psy.D. “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The moral of this infamous metaphor we’re told as children is to be curious to those around us rather than assuming we know everything about everyone.  Sounds pretty...

What The Heck is a Dialectic?

What The Heck is a Dialectic?

What the Heck is a Dialectic? By Avery Carmichael, BPS Social Work Intern Undergirding all that is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the eponymous concept of dialectics. I will start by saying, in full transparency, that the term ‘dialectic’ is an...

Understanding Executive Functioning

Understanding Executive Functioning

By: Dr. Nikita Patel, Psy.D. Do you find yourself putting off errands or tasks unless there is an immediate deadline? Is it difficult for you to organize your thoughts and clearly explain them to someone else? Time management and organization are examples of executive...

Enhancing the Parent-Child Relationships with PRIDE

Enhancing the Parent-Child Relationships with PRIDE

By: Dr. Emily Nichols, Psy.D. Have you ever found yourself giving your child the same direction multiple times to no avail? Do you find yourself getting into power struggles with your teen more often than you would like? It’s no secret that these negative interactions...

Back To Your Future

Back To Your Future

By: Michelle Bottone, LMFT The pandemic has been a lengthy period of uncertainty which can cause increased stressors in many areas of our lives. Given the CDC guidelines and in order to interact with others, most of us have been relegated to socializing via technology...

Managing Family Dynamics by Walking the Middle Path

Managing Family Dynamics by Walking the Middle Path

By: Michelle Bottone, LMFT It has been nearly a year since many of us have been working remotely along with our children who must also learn remotely in the same environment. It was difficult to navigate both work and family obligations pre-COVID 19. Given the current...

The Myth of Motivation & How to Stay Productive

The Myth of Motivation & How to Stay Productive

By: Laura Miller, LMSW “Ugh, but I’m just not in the mood to do that right now!” Sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve heard something like it from a loved one or caught yourself thinking similarly prior to starting a difficult or unpleasant task.  It’s natural and common...

Ch-Ch-Changes: Embracing Change through Dialectical Thinking

Ch-Ch-Changes: Embracing Change through Dialectical Thinking

By Michelle Bottone, LMFT In the David Bowie song, Changes, the lyrics ring out, “Turn and face the strange”. These lyrics echo a truth about the world of which people have become acutely aware in the last year: change inevitably occurs throughout our lives. Change is...

Surviving Winter Skillfully

Surviving Winter Skillfully

By: Laura Miller, LMSW Winter is here and for the time being also here to stay. Freezing cold temperatures and brutal winter storms have swept through the country over the past couple of months. Most recently, winter weather caused unprecedented devastation in areas...

Understanding Trauma

Understanding Trauma

By: Laura Miller, LMSW Previous blog posts, Understanding Anxiety and Understanding Depression, both discussed the significant impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on mental health. For months, society has been faced with unparalleled levels of uncertainty,...

Understanding Depression

Understanding Depression

By Laura Miller, LMSW In a recent blog, Understanding Anxiety, we discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health. In fact, since the pandemic began, the number of adults who reported symptoms of anxiety more than tripled in comparison to the number...

Learning to Practice Acceptance Amongst Significant Change

Learning to Practice Acceptance Amongst Significant Change

By: Laura Miller, LMSW In a recent blog, mindfulness, a practice of purposefully bringing your attention to the present moment and being aware of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations without judgment was discussed. This practice can be used to reduce stress and...

Learning to Practice Acceptance Amongst Significant Change

Learning to Practice Acceptance Amongst Significant Change

By: Laura Miller, LMSW In a recent blog, mindfulness, a practice of purposefully bringing your attention to the present moment and being aware of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations without judgment was discussed. This practice can be used toreduce stress and...