Before it Happens Again: Mass Shootings, Mental Health & Problem-Solving: Part 2

Posted by Cindy Finch, LCSW in Awareness, DBT Skills, Media


In my previous post we began to examine possible causes of our current mass shooting “trend” (as one of my students referred to it), and examined problem solving through the lens of the DBT skill “Radical Acceptance.” In this post let’s continue to look at other ideas we can implement to possibly prevent future mass shootings and to perhaps turn the tide on our nation’s mental health crisis. Here is a recap of Part 1 if you missed it. 

Before it Happens Again: Mass Shootings, Mental Health & Problem-Solving: Part 1

Posted by Cindy Finch, LCSW in Awareness, DBT Skills, Media, News


During a recent check-in and de-briefing with my college students about the most recent violence in Thousand Oaks, one Master’s level student glibly remarked, “It’s just going to happen again,” he said. “I’m not even surprised by it anymore, it’s sad to say but I think it’s just trending.” While I didn’t like his words, I knew he was all the wrong, worst ways. As a clinician and professor, I had to accept that the generation behind me has, quite literally, grown up thinking massacres are a part of life. While everything in me fights this offensive and terrible reality, it is true. From GMAC (1990) to Columbine (1999) to Borderline Bar (2018), there have been 98 mass shootings where three or more people have been murdered, hundreds injured and thousands traumatized during the life-span of this Millennial generation. They have grown up on gore.And while I hate this fact with every fiber of my being, it is true. As a DBT therapist, there are certain things we can do to address this terrible state of affairs as a country and as individuals. 

The Holiday Season…

Posted by Dr. Michele Lob PsyD., MFT, CEDS in Benefits of DBT, DBT Skills, Recent Work


 The Holiday Season is upon us – this year it seems to have come far too soon. Several of my friends are putting up their holiday decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving and I heard Christmas music on my car radio today – with still 6 weeks to go until Christmas Day.  

How do DBTOC Staff Self-Care?

Posted by DBT Center of Orange County in Benefits of DBT, Mindfulness, Wellness


We at DBTOC believe self-care is vital to our well-being. When we don’t take care of ourselves we can feel exhausted, depleted and resentful. On the other hand, when we are practicing self-care, we tend to have more energy, feel better, think more clearly and make steps to accomplish our goals and live a life aligned with our values.Our team has been revamping our personal self-care routines and learning new ways to support each other’s wellness. We attended a workshop to be curious about our current self-care practices and brainstorm ways to improve our regimens. We attended a yoga class as a team. We want to now share with you some of our team’s self-care tips! 

Ten Signs Your Teen is Depressed

Posted by Nora Josephson LPC, RYT in Awareness, Benefits of DBT


With it being Suicide Prevention Month, I believe depression is an important topic to discuss. The CDC states suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (2016) 9th through 12th graders report that 17% seriously considered suicide, 13.6% made a plan for how to commit suicide, 8% attempted suicide and 2.7% made suicide attempts requiring medical attention. Sometimes an adolescent’s struggle with depression can be underestimated because of their age. Adolescence is a time when changing hormones can cause mood swings and it is often difficult to tell what is normal adolescent behavior and when a teen is clinically depressed.Your Teen May Be Depressed if They:  

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Posted by DBT Center of Orange County in Awareness


September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. With World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. So how can you get involved?


DBT and Substance Abuse

Posted by Dr. Michele Lob PsyD., MFT, CEDS in Benefits of DBT


Did you know that there is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy curriculum specific to targeting Substance Abuse? DBT-SUD adds new principles, strategies, and protocols to address addiction and has numerous Random Clinical Trials (RCT’s) in support of its effectiveness.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy In Action: Using Skills at Disneyland

Posted by Kati McCormick, ASW in Benefits of DBT


Woohoo, you’re going to Disneyland! With all of your family! Or all of your friends! All with demands and opinions and expectations! It’s going to be fun, right?! Everyone’s saying it will be. But when it’s over, you feel like you’ve spent more time deciding what ride to do next or where to eat than actually doing anything, you are sunburnt, there have been arguments, tears, fighting, storming off, you’ve swallowed back retorts to at least 15 invalidating statements, and you firmly believe that people should have to pass a test and obtain a license to operate a scooter. What happened?


Summer Family Activities & Improving Parent-Child Relationships with Validation

Posted by Nora Josephson LPC, RYT in Benefits of DBT


All relationships need positive interactions. If all you experience together is criticism and fighting, it is impossible to feel supported, loved, relaxed and happy. Jill H. Rathus and Alex L. Miller discuss the importance of parent-child pleasant activities in DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents. They explain how these activities “can help keep family members close, reduce emotional vulnerability, and be a buffer for those negative family interactions” (Rathus & Miller, 2015).


This Is Me

Posted by Carolyn Huckabay LCSW in Benefits of DBT


I recently watched The Greatest Showman and listened to it’s hit song “This is Me” and it got me thinking about boundaries…

As a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, I work with clients who often experience a history of trauma. One of the key elements of trauma is that one’s boundaries have been violated. When our boundaries have not been protected and in an effort to survive, we learn to build fortresses and moats around our hearts ensuring no one dare enter with 100 yards often leading to lives of loneliness or isolation. Or to the other extreme, we let people come into our lives without so much as a security clearance, which in turn can lead to re-victimization and re-traumatization. Or perhaps we oscillate between the two extremes, the push and pull response. Furthermore, boundary violations lead to difficulty setting limits (i.e. saying no or ask for help) and difficulties forming a sense of who we are and being able to distinguish our wants and needs versus others.