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”

DBT Mindfulness What Skills: Observe, Describe, Participate

Mindfulness is the act of being fully #present to the current moment. In DBT we focus on letting go of judgments and the need to see things as right/wrong. Each moment is just as it should be. DBT breaks mindfulness into six core components Think of the What Skills as Levels of Mindfulness You canContinue reading “DBT Mindfulness What Skills: Observe, Describe, Participate”

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”

Are Judgments Keeping You Down?

Originally published December 15, 2018 on jamieschmidtlpc.com How do you motivate yourself to do better? For years whenever I felt like I was falling short on something, I would call myself as a “Stupid B****.” For many of us, that’s just how we’ve learned to talk to ourselves. Those who shaped us (parents, teachers, coaches,Continue reading “Are Judgments Keeping You Down?”

When Love Doesn’t Fit the Facts: Part II Opposite Action

Originally posted February 7, 2019 jamieschmidtlpc.com/blog So what do you do when love does not fit the facts? When you realize the love you feel towards a person or relationship is not actually in your best interest? Of course DBT has a skill for that as well! Opposite action is rooted in the awareness that thereContinue reading “When Love Doesn’t Fit the Facts: Part II Opposite Action”

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”