Mindfulness vs Distraction

Mindfulness vs Distraction

Eating disorder sufferers experience distress before mealtime, during mealtime, after mealtime… In other words, when in the throes of an ED there is little reprieve from food-related fear, anxiety, and preoccupation. With treatment there can be relief from these...

Skill of The Week: PLEASE MASTER

  As we continue our blog series on DBT Skills for coping, we enter the DBT module or chapter called Emotion Regulation.  Emotion Regulation skills have three primary goals: 1) to help us better attend to and understand our emotions, 2) to decrease our vulnerability...

Skill of The Week: ABC Please

Our journey through the Emotion Regulation Module of DBT continues as we travel on to “ABC PLEASE.” This skill gives us tangible tools and skills that can be used to increase our own personal and emotional resilience. If this sounds similar to the principles behind...

Skill of the Week: TIPP

When experiencing intense negative emotion, it’s not uncommon to feel like “this will never end” or “this is how it is.”  It’s not surprising that when in this activated – and desperate – state of mind, one might resort to the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms...

Skill of the Week: ACCEPTS

As we continue our series on accessible skills for coping, I want to introduce Distress Tolerance Skills.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy consists of four “chapters” or modules, each presenting dozens of strategies in each skill group.  One of the modules is the...

Skill of the Week: Observe and Describe

While at times we may wish we did not experience strong emotion, emotions serve an important purpose. Emotions are the bodies way of signaling to us what is happening around us and within us. From an evolutionary perspective, the development of an emotional response...