ADHD Life Hack – VITALS Daily Checklist

Continuing on last week’s theme of ADHD Hacks, I realized I have not yet shared my VITALS acronym!! I wrote it earlier this year for a client who had a period of completely unstructured time between jobs. They didn’t want to be boxed into a daily routine, because they wanted to take advantage time outsideContinue reading “ADHD Life Hack – VITALS Daily Checklist”

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”

DBT Skills for COVID-19

The world is feeling an unprecedented amount of anxiety. Everyone’s life has been turned upside down. Many are struggling to deal with negative emotions. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills provide a framework for understanding and managing emotions. So as the world is rapidly changing (and I have felt absolutely zero inspiration to blog at thisContinue reading “DBT Skills for COVID-19”

Build Mastery to Battle Depression

Yesterday morning I repaired my broken vacuum cleaner. I purchased it in May of last year & it had quit working in October.  Unfortunately I had lost the receipt during the craziness of last summer.  So even though it was still under warranty, I knew I would have trouble getting it replaced/fixed.  I asked my ex toContinue reading “Build Mastery to Battle Depression”

Examples of Emotions that Fit the Facts Infograph

I’ve referenced this checklist of when Emotions Fit the Facts in 3 or 4 of my recent posts. Each time I end up pulling up a screenshot of a page out of the book to look at. Thought I’d make a pretty one to share 😊 #dbt #dialecticalbehaviortherapy #emotion #emotionregulation #emotionalregulation #personality #bpd #bpdawareness #npdContinue reading “Examples of Emotions that Fit the Facts Infograph”

DBT Emotion Regulation: Using Opposite Action for Anxiety

I started a new side gig this weekend with an event company (because most of us need a couple of hustles to pay the bills, ya know what I mean?) I’ve got a bit of a background in bar 🍺 and restaurant management. When I’m in the hospitality zone, there are many aspects of thisContinue reading “DBT Emotion Regulation: Using Opposite Action for Anxiety”

Dealing with Invalidation when Sadness Fits the Facts

My favorite DBT skills lesson is Emotion Regulation Worksheet 8A – Examples of Emotions That Fit the Facts. It’s one of the first worksheets I share with my new clients.  I tell them to go home and make flashcards, do whatever they need to do to memorize this page.  Because this is one that will begin toContinue reading “Dealing with Invalidation when Sadness Fits the Facts”

When Love Doesn’t Fit the Facts: Part I

Originally posted February 5, 2019 on http://www.jamieschmidtlpc.com/blogI started doing some website maintenance today & realized I wrote this exactly a year ago. Whoo life sure is cyclical! February is upon us. With Valentine’s Day just a little more than a week a way, I thought I would do a short series of posts about loveContinue reading “When Love Doesn’t Fit the Facts: Part I”