DBT Skills For Parents: Opposite to Emotion 

When I was in therapy, one of the most profound DBT Skills I learned was Opposite to Emotion. Opposite to Emotion is an Emotion Regulation skill, although it can be considered Distress Tolerance, and I sometimes consider it an Interpersonal Effectiveness skill as well. It takes practice and a lot of Wise Mind to use effectively, which […]

Holding Onto Summer With Homemade Peach Salsa

Summer is ending, and I’m in denial! The weather this weekend was pretty dreary, the sun is setting earlier, and the kids are all back to school (or preschool in our case). But it’s warm again this week. I’m excited for the new  school year, but I am always reluctant to say good bye to […]

Creating Structure: Arts Umbrella Half-Day Immersion Programs

Back to school time – which means those of us without school aged kids are looking at what classes to put their toddlers and preschoolers in. I was so honored to be invited to participate in a sneak preview of the new Early Learning Immersion Programs at Arts Umbrella. Arts Umbrella is a wonderful space for […]

Learning to Swim: Accepting the Limits of Long Term Mental Illness

Breccan is learning to swim this summer. He is a fearless fish, which is good in many ways because he is already diving down to 4 feet and has mainly figured out swimming. It’s bad because I feel like, without a little bit of fear of the water and understanding his own limits, he’s a […]

Illumination: An Art Show Supporting Mental Health 

Full disclosure: My kids are in a very tough stage. Breccan is turning from 3 to 4, which is mostly amazing (good riddance threenager stage), but he’s super kinetic and wants to be out and active all the time. And Olin has his the fussy 16-month stage and GETS. INTO. EVERYTHING. And he is STILL […]