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Posts by Marielle Berg

08: Emotional Over-Control with Neil Howell, MFT

Are you someone who’s good at getting things done, following the rules and planning ahead? These can be wonderful traits to have but you may notice that focusing on doing everything right interferes with relaxing, enjoying life and connecting with others. This is known as “emotional over-control” or “OC” and today Marielle sits down with…

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07: Understanding Validation in Relationships and Why We All Need It

Understanding Validation in Relationships and Why We All Need It

Do you know how important it is to feel validated? Validation lets us know that we have been heard and understood. We all have the need to be understood by others, especially those closest to us. Today Marielle and Ed discuss the importance of validation in all interpersonal relationships. They describe the different levels of…

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06: Get What You Want by Using the GIVE and FAST Skills of DBT

Would you like to learn how to ask for what you want, how to resolve a conflict, and how to have your opinion taken seriously in your relationships? Today, Marielle and Ed will be expanding on the interpersonal effectiveness skills in DBT. They are working out of the DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets by Marsha…

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04: The “HOW” Skills of Mindfulness

Would you like to introduce a mindfulness practice into your daily routine? Today, Ed joins Marielle once again and they continue talking about the mindfulness skills in DBT. In today’s episode, they discuss what you actually do to practice mindfulness in the DBT framework. Listen in to find out more. In the last episode, Marielle…

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03: The “What” Skills of Mindfulness

Would you like to learn to practice mindfulness in the DBT framework? Today, Marielle and Ed will be discussing the three ‘what’ skills of mindfulness. These are called ‘what’ skills because they are what you actually do to practice mindfulness in the DBT framework. These skills are done one at a time. Listen in today,…

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02: Introduction to Mindfulness and the Wise Mind

Would you like to know more about DBT and where it all started? In today’s episode, Marielle and Ed will be looking into the background and development of DBT. They will discuss dialectics and the concept of Wise Mind and give an introduction to mindfulness. Tune in to find out more. Dialectics is about balancing…

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01: What is Emotional Dysregulation?

Are you highly sensitive? And do you struggle with very intense emotions that sometimes overwhelm you? Today, for the first episode of The Skillful Podcast, Marielle will be talking to Ed Fowler, who works with her at the Bay Area DBT and Couples Counseling Center, providing individual DBT therapy, skills group, ACT, and EMDR for…

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Cope Ahead: The Power of Planning How to Cope in Advance

Cope Ahead: The Power of Planning How to Cope in Advance

Have you ever found yourself doing the same thing over and over? The very same thing you swore you wouldn’t do next time? This is a common theme we see in our San Francisco therapy practice. One way to interrupt the cycle of repeating behaviors is to use a DBT skill called Cope Ahead. Cope…

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Why Your Therapist Asks about Your Childhood (Part 3 of 3)

Why Your Therapist Asks about Your Childhood (Part 3 of 3)

In the previous two posts, we’ve talked about why therapists ask about your childhood. We’ve explored: how your childhood sheds light on who you are today; and 
 the reasons why you might feel resistance discussing your childhood or family during therapy (and the reasons are many). This post is about the “payoff” for talking…

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