Functions of Emotions

Why do we have emotions? Have you ever taken time to ponder that question? Emotions are universal – we all experience them. And yet, they aren’t something we tend to put a lot of thought into. Unless they are creating problems for our lives. Then we head to the therapist office to unpack our emotionsContinue reading “Functions of Emotions”

Just Do the Thing

Did you know that humans tend to be fairly inaccurate when predicting future emotional states? Take anxiety for example. We can spend hours or even days obsessing over a task that needs to be done. Maybe an unpleasant email or phone call – a task that in and of itself will consume less than halfContinue reading “Just Do the Thing”

Practicing Radical Acceptance with the “Little Stuff”

Yesterday, Radical Acceptance was my personal theme from the Universe. I started my work day by reviewing this skill with one of my individual DBT clients. During our discussion of her homework practice, she shared an Ah ha! moment she experienced over the weekend: This skill that isn’t only for the big stuff! It canContinue reading “Practicing Radical Acceptance with the “Little Stuff””