What Is Suppressed Will Be Expressed

What Is Suppressed Will Be Expressed

Suppressing emotions, or just trying to push emotional thoughts and feelings out of your mind, is an emotion regulation strategy many people use. This is sometimes a really effective tool, especially when the problem can’t be immediately solved or you’re attending to...
Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

*PSA: Our thoughts are not facts!* The truth is that thoughts are just thoughts. They are sensations of the brain that come and go. This statement is not meant to minimize the emotional impact that thoughts can have or to negate the factual information often...
Gratitude can flow from sadness

Gratitude can flow from sadness

by Marget Thomas, PsyD Many of us are preparing for holidays that involve some loss–less togetherness, less travel, the loss of job security while we shop for gifts. Sadness is the emotion that comes from loss, yet we often view sadness as dangerous, unwanted,...
Emotions as Messengers

Emotions as Messengers

Think of your emotions as a source of information. If we don’t attend to our emotions, we have no way of receiving the messages. Mindfulness of current emotions, a DBT emotion regulation skill, teaches us how to observe our emotion rather than blocking, keeping, or...

Black Lives Matter

To Our CBT California Community The killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis follows an unacceptable pattern of racism, violence and dehumanization against the Black community in not only our country, but across the world. Institutionalized racism and...

CBTC Staff is Blogging

Welcome readers! In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the team at CBT California is working hard to continue delivering high-quality therapeutic services and stay connected to our clients and their families. Our hope is that we are able to provide the support and the...

Coronavirus Anxiety

It is important to take a balanced approach to this health threat—recognizing that there is a real threat of a pandemic that is likely to affect many people worldwide while at the same time avoiding unnecessary panic. If you want to read more click here....

What It’s Like To Feel Jealous

But jealousy is not like a small bump in the road that you travel over and keep moving on from. In fact, the word “Jealous” is derived from the Greek word for “zeal”—reflecting the passion, overwhelming intensity and often destructiveness of the waves of feelings that...

Marsha Linehan Publishes Her Memoir!

Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT, has finally published an account of the troubled past which led her to develop the most effective treatment for BPD ever. So many lives saved. Have you read it yet? What did you think? Learn more by clicking...

Aiming For Zero Suicides

” Cortez started a year-long treatment program in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a type of psychotherapy that has been shown to reduce suicide, and doctors followed her progress closely. Now 54, Cortez is rarely disturbed by thoughts of suicide, but she...

DBT Bulletin November 2019

Please click the link below to download the Second Volume of DBT Bulletin! This issue focuses on a call for using DBT principles over protocol, a student’s perspective on phone coaching, tips on how to use irreverence, and a research article on DBT and interpersonal...

Living Life Dialetically

“Living life dialectically means not viewing life in black-and-white scenarios, but considering all sides of the various situations that occur. As humans, we are not merely happy or sad, or right or wrong, or strong or weak. There are nuances to our emotions and...

Listen To Cognetive Processing Therapy

“What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it.” An unprecedented look at PTSD treatment. You can hear...

CBT For Romantic Jealousy

“I think of jealousy as “angry, agitated worry,” and as such we can use a wide range of CBT techniques to cope with these intrusive thoughts. Drawing on the work by Adrian Wells—Metacognitive Therapy—we can think of intrusive thoughts as “just thoughts,” telemarketing...

Is Your Kid Anxious About School?

“Dr. Wakefield says the parent is the number one person who will know when a child is not acting as they normally do. She says when kids start to isolate themselves or not eat as much or seem easily distressed, those are clues that parents need to investigate.” If you...

Addicted to the internet? CBT can help.

“Last year, the World Health Organization recognized internet gaming disorder as a mental health condition. The criteria for gaming disorder in WHO’s International Classification of Diseases includes at least 12 months of recurrent patterns of gaming, loss...

Kids ask for DBT in schools

” ‘Something that I really think could help with kids in schools is DBT…it teaches kids about coping skills and how they can deal with their emotions…it could also help teachers deal with their [students] depending on how the [students] are...

Cannabis and Sleep: Helpful or Harmful?

There are reports all over the internet professing that cannabis can help you sleep. Not only do these reports state that cannabis can help users fall asleep, but that they will sleep for longer, and will have better sleep. However, most scientific research does not...