Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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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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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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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Leaning Into Our Emotions

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director

Recently, a national conversation has focused on the idea of “Lean In” as put forth by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, in her book of the same name. Idea, business, media, academic, and other leaders have weighed in on her ideas of how women can “lean in” to the uncomfortable realities faced in the professional […]

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Using the Practice of Mindfulness to Harness Emotions

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director
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Mindfulness has been helping people lean in to their emotions and tap into their own wise minds for centuries. Mindfulness can mean many different things, but at TK, we use mindfulness daily to help our residents (and ourselves) become aware of the thoughts and emotions we have all day, every day. Just as we are […]

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Feel Like Life Is Too Black And White? DBT Helps TK Residents Find A Healthy Middle

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director
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Although DBT comes in a manual, it is not actually a manually based treatment. You can buy Marsha Linehan’s groundbreaking Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment manual, Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, in any bookstore. This book will tell you the how’s of DBT, but the real essence of this life saving treatment comes […]

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