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As a DBT clinician, our work is substantially different from more traditional therapies. We collaborate with our patients on target behaviors that keep them in suffering - and we actively work to help them build awareness and skills to better manage their emotions around these behaviors. The work is challenging and worthwhile. Especially when you receive the following in your inbox from a former client. I adore you Jen E and thank you for allowing me to walk a small part of your journey with you.

Dr. Michele Lob PsyD., MFT, CEDS



Posted by Kathy Purdy MFTI in News


Shame: we all have it.  But is it helpful?  The answer seems to be, “No.”  Dr. Brené Brown — a world renowned researcher on vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame — has concluded that while a little guilt when we do something “bad” can motivate us to change and act more in alignment with our value system, shame and it’s internal message, “I am bad”, more often causes destructive behaviors and undermines our ability to change.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) therapist at the DBT Center of Orange County, I am interested in what helps support the therapeutic process and what gets in the way of people’s ability to create the life they want.  One thing that's clear is that when shame is left unchecked, it hinders people’s ability to heal and improve their lives.


Marsha Linehan Wins Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A University of Washington psychology professor who developed a therapy to treat chronically suicidal patients and extended its power to help people with borderline personality and other disorders has won the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

Marsha Linehan, director of UW’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, Center for Behavioral Technology, was selected for the 17th prize. Her award-winning idea is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which balances acceptance and commitment to change in treating mental illness, distinguishing it from previous standard interventions. Research has shown DBT to be effective for conditions previously considered untreatable such as borderline personality disorder, which is characterized by impulsivity, interpersonal problems, and self-destructive urges.


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.Suicide is commonly the result of mental health conditions that impact people when they are most vulnerable, and can affect anybody regardless of age, gender, or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are at their most vulnerable.  Friends and families are obviously affected as well, experiencing shame or stigma that prevents the open discussion of the issues dealing with suicide.This September, our goal is to spread awareness and knowledge in the interest of suicide prevention. This month we are dedicated to helping you:



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