CBT California's January Newsletter


CBT California Staff Spotlight:

Dr. Orris, a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, is the Clinical Director of CBTC where she oversees clinical staff, supervises trainees, and provides consultation and training to CBTC staff and other professionals. Dr. Orris is an individual, family, and group psychologist treating adolescents and adults in the Newport Beach location. She trains and supervises students from Pepperdine University and Alliant International University as well as postdoctoral fellows from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Orris provides training in adolescent and adult DBT to community agencies. Dr. Orris developed and implemented the adolescent DBT program at CBTC and facilitates the parent skills training program. In addition to her work at CBTC, Dr. Orris is a volunteer clinical faculty member at UC Irvine. She is a regular contributor to OC Family Magazine as a clinical expert and speaks at professional conferences, including the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT).

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Words from Wise Mind:

No NY Resolution? No Problem!


And as the DBT saying goes, you are doing the best you can, and you can be doing better. The latter part of this assumption may feel like a constant in your mind as your friends and family members divulge their New Years Resolutions.

Instead of jumping on that bandwagon too quickly, I'd encourage you to channel your wise mind and align yourself with your life worth living goals. If you are consistently practicing your skills, and using them effectively, you may not need to generate a whole list of news goals for the year! However, you could also use the date of the New Year as a gentle reminder to keep working toward your goals.

In the end, it all depends!

Mindfulness Script:

Channeling Your Wise Mind

Settle into your chair and focus on your breathing. Notice the ins and outs of your breath as you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth (making sure your out-breath is longer than the in-breath). 

Think of a question to ask your wise mind...perhaps, a behavior about a goal you are working towards.

Ask yourself "is this <behavior> wise mind?" 

As you breathe in, ask yourself the question...

As you breathe out, wait and listen... You are not giving yourself the answer. Wise mind may not tell you the answer at this moment.

You can repeat this mindfulness activity until wise mind gives you the answer.


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