Interview with Emily Keehn, LPC with Timberline Knolls

We are so honored to have Emily Keehn, LPC – Speak with us today on behalf of Timberline Knolls a treatment facility in the suburbs or Chicago. Timberline Knolls ( TK ) is a Mental Health Residential Treatment program that focuses on using DBT ( Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ) with their clients. They have manyContinue reading “Interview with Emily Keehn, LPC with Timberline Knolls”

Kevin Hart is a DBT Resource

Ever wonder how to get yourself to feel more in control of your emotions? It takes practice. In this resource we are practicing “Turning the Mind” and “Opposite to Emotion.” With Kevin Hart it is shifting any emotion to humor. It is a distraction that helps to step away from whatever intense emotion you areContinue reading “Kevin Hart is a DBT Resource”

Interview with That Darn Amygdala

Meet Carissa Weber who is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a clinical substance abuse counselor (CSAC). She has always been drawn to mental health, especially in ways to help others feel better. While she was in college, she studied nursing and how the brain works. She is applying this knowledge to the Finding MiddleContinue reading “Interview with That Darn Amygdala”

MPC DIARY CARD

The Diary Card is based off the concept of the Hawthorne Effect. This concept is that when any behavior is observed and awareness heighted, then that behavior changes. Therefore, tracking the behavior and the secondary events around the behavior then a person becomes more in control of what they want to change. There are variousContinue reading “MPC DIARY CARD”

Know the Warning Signs of Suicide

1-800-273-8255 – National Suicide Prevention Help Line According to the National Institute of Mental Health the behaviors listed below may be some of the signs that someone is thinking about suicide. Talking about: Wanting to die Great guilt or shame Being a burden to others Feeling: Empty, hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to liveContinue reading “Know the Warning Signs of Suicide”

Understanding Dialectics

Dialectics are helpful way to view the world. In simple terms, it is when two opposing truths can be true at the same time. a.) Dialectics teach us that there are more than one way to see a situation and more than one way to solve any problem. b.) Dialectics consider all people to haveContinue reading “Understanding Dialectics”

The Behavior Chain Analysis (BCA) Tool

The Behavior Chain Analysis Tool is used many times throughout the DBT treatment. It can feel overwhelming to some and it is designed to help the client and therapist both understand all the surrounding elements that cause problematic behavior.  Problematic Behaviors can be: Smoking Drinking Cutting/Self Harm Eating Issues Not Taking Medication Missing Sessions/Canceling/Showing upContinue reading “The Behavior Chain Analysis (BCA) Tool”

10 Laws of Boundaries and Interpersonal Effectivness

When learning how to be the most effective in relationships we not only need to learn the criteria of when to say no and when to say yes, it is nice to have additional criteria to build from. This is information that is found in the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. JohnContinue reading “10 Laws of Boundaries and Interpersonal Effectivness”

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Criteria for Saying Yes and No

Do you know how to effectively say YES and NO? The following is the DBT criteria for how to learn the intensity and the criteria on asking for a need to be met or for you to say no effectively and still maintain the relationship. At the end there is a game you can useContinue reading “Interpersonal Effectiveness: Criteria for Saying Yes and No”