Expert Tips to Minimize Holiday Stress

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Dear friends and colleagues, I’ve often considered the holiday season a great paradox. On the one hand, it is a precious time to connect with loved ones, reflect on whatever gives meaning to our lives, and engage in acts of kindness. On the other hand, it can be enormously stressful with long lists of cool…

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3 Tips for Navigating the Holidays

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As holidays approach, my thoughts turn to the “mixed bag” that the holiday season can produce. Positive elements, such as celebration, connecting with family, and spiritual reflection are often rivaled by feelings of anxiety, strain and even painful memories. I would like to offer 3 tips for parents on how to negotiate common “Holiday Challenges”….

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Using Our Imaginations for Good! Guided Imagery & Other Experiential Tools for Relaxation and Stress Reduction

There is an old saying that “whatever you give your attention to grows.” Think about how that plays out–in your garden or your work, with your children, or with your worries and fears. In times of stress, guided imagery offers one strategy for shifting our attention to positive resources. Guided imagery helps us to enter…

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What are the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills?

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 We all need skills to cope with challenges and to find our way through inevitable times of pain.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy includes 4 categories of skills.  Many of these skills have been practiced for thousands of years in contemplative and meditative traditions. The exciting news for our times is that, using the tools of modern…

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DBT Skills Program for Parents

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Here at the Institute, we believe that parents play an integral role in the healing process.  The DBT Skills are life skills that we all benefit from learning. If your middle school or teen daughter is participating in our DBT program we require that parents be involved by participating in a DBT Skills Group as…

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Application and Evaluation Process

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Learning skills to change our lives is no small matter. We understand that participating in a DBT program, either for yourself or your family, requires personal dedication, sacrifice, and effort. We have established an Application and Evaluation process to help you and our DBT team determine if our program is the right match for you…

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Postpartum Mental Health Resources

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POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES Postpartum Support International (PSI) Hotline in English and Spanish: 800-944-4773 postpartum.net   The National Women’s Health Information Center 800-944-9662 womenshealth.gov/mental-health   Maternal Mental Health Now A Los Angeles-based organization committed to education families and professionals about postpartum mental health maternalmentalhealthnow.org   Postpartum Progress An informational webpage and blog created by a…

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Postpartum Mental Health Myths Vs. Facts

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POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH MYTHS VERSUS FACTS   Myth: Very few women experience baby blues. Fact: Approximately 70% – 80% of women will experience, at a minimum, the baby blues; about 20% will experience the more severe postpartum depression and its other subtypes.   Myth: Postpartum depression begins directly after birth. Fact: It is believed that…

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