Do or Do Not: There is no Try

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director
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Yoda said it best, “Do or do not, there is no try” while training Luke Skywalker on the ways of the Jedi in The Empire Strikes Back. Residents in our DBT groups recognize this statement when we ask them to become their own Force, to commit to a more meaningful life. All humans approach change […]

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Timberline Knolls Recognizes National PTSD Awareness Day – June 27, 2014

by TK Staff
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PTSD is defined as a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) states that living through or witnessing an unexpected, dangerous, violent and/or disastrous moments are factors that can lead to this condition. A person involved in a deadly […]

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When Pain Leads to Real Gain

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director
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Frequently I’m asked by other clinicians how, as a therapist, I can ask people to sit with painful emotions. Because the truth is, it “is” a painful experience and we all want our clients to feel better. These clinicians point to the extreme histories of emotional pain and trauma of their clients and tell me that […]

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TK Recognizes National Mental Health Awareness Month

by TK Staff
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May is an extraordinary month. We celebrate Mother’s Day and in many parts of our country, April showers bring May flowers. For the past 65 years, May has also been National Mental Health Awareness Month. The intent of this awareness month is to increase understanding of mental health issues and how profoundly they affect those […]

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Palcohol Is Nobody’s “Pal”

by TK Staff
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One important characteristic of alcohol is its sheer liquid volume. An individual could not walk into a concert with a bottle of vodka; a flask maybe, but not an enormous bottle. Further, given the volume, there are physical limits to how much a person can consume in any given time frame. Therefore, the level of […]

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Selfies and the New Age of Digital Narcissism

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director

In 2013, the word “selfie” was elected “Word of the Year” by the Oxford English Dictionary. Selfie refers to a photo that a person takes of herself then posts on social media sites. As with so many things, the original idea behind the selfie was probably good, providing just another way to share a moment […]

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World Bipolar Day: Dedicated To Education

by TK Staff
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Many years ago, bipolar disorder was a condition that was misunderstood and undoubtedly went undiagnosed. Those who suffered with this illness were probably thought to be insane, or even worse, possessed by demons. Fortunately, science and medicine have come a long way and today we not only understand it, but are able to treat it […]

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Distress Tolerance: Acceptance Not Avoidance

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director
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People who struggle with addictions, eating disorders, or mood disorders have finely-tuned methods of dealing with emotions by using substances, eating disorder behaviors, or engaging in self harm or other ineffective coping skills; each of these methods keep emotions stuffed inside. And, unfortunately, when not used as intended, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Distress Tolerance skills […]

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Blender Addiction: When Juicing Jeopardizes Health

by Amy Klimek, MA - Eating Disorders Specialist

America does love a good fad, especially when it is embraced by celebrities. It seems the only thing that can trump a celebrity craze is one that also involves weight loss. Diet-related fads rarely cause long-term damage to consumers because by their very definition, a fad comes and goes quite rapidly. A particular craze is […]

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Implications of Neuroplasticity on Trauma Recovery

by TK Staff

The brain is arguably the most fascinating and impressive organ in the human body. Medical and scientific professionals alike are only beginning to mine its vast complexities. Of particular interest to those involved in the field of trauma recovery is the area of neuroplasticity. This refers to how the brain is wired and its extraordinary […]

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