What are your Values?

Have you ever done the Values Sort exercise from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)? Here is my version: Values Sort & Values Based Decision Making, which I use frequently with clients. The thing about the values list is that all of them are considered positive. It got me thinking about the concept of "opposite positives." … Continue reading What are your Values?

What does SCAM stand for?

On my cynical days, I think…life is a scam - but there is an acronym I came up with years ago (and I have not heard anywhere else, so I am claiming it as mine) - that is part of DBT's distress tolerance and radical acceptance skills. It describes the four things you can do … Continue reading What does SCAM stand for?

What does “Goodness of Fit” Mean?

"Good fit" is a phrase that therapists use to identify clients that they think will work well with them, and encompasses a lot of things. I am going to try to break it down. Here are some of the considerations: Logistics - virtual or in person therapy availability payment & insurance level of care Demographics … Continue reading What does “Goodness of Fit” Mean?

DBT v. RO-DBT – what are they?

This post is for the other providers out there (mostly). I gave a presentation to the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center recently and this summarizes some of the information shared there.  **BTW, the two adorable doggos pictured are Cleo and Jade, my two dogs who well represent the different personalities that typify clients who work well … Continue reading DBT v. RO-DBT – what are they?

DBT in the MCU

Bruce Banner, She Hulk & DBT Do we have any MCU fans out there? I just saw the new Disney+ premiere for “She-Hulk: Attorney-At-Law” and if you haven’t seen it yet, there are some spoilers in here… 38 second video What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT?  Forever Geek: What is DBT? I don’t think … Continue reading DBT in the MCU

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT was originally developed by Marsha Linehan to work with clients who are dysregulated and engage in maladaptive coping, but is now used in a variety of treatment settings. Basics DBT has become one of the main modalities for a lot of therapists, and most treatment centers working with clients with … Continue reading What is DBT?