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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… Continue Reading »

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… Continue Reading »

Why Your Therapist Asks about Your Childhood (Part 2 of 3)

Why Your Therapist Asks about Your Childhood (Part 2 of 3)

In our Bay Area therapy practice, clients often ask why they need to discuss what happened in their early years. You may wonder the same. How will dwelling on the past help you move forward with your problems today? In Part 1 of this three-part series, we explained the reasons why most therapists ask about… Continue Reading »

Why Your Therapist Asks about Your Childhood (Part 1 of 3)

Why Your Therapist Asks about Your Childhood (Part 1 of 3)

The question “Why do we need to talk about my childhood?” comes up often in our San Francisco therapy practice. If you’re new to therapy, you may wonder why your therapist asks about how your childhood was. After all, you came to therapy because of something happening today, not necessarily because of what happened when… Continue Reading »

What Is Rest? – More Than Time Off from Work

What Is Rest? – More Than Time Off from Work

When was the last time you took a true vacation? One where you turned your phone off and completely unplugged from work. Can’t remember? If so, you are not alone. Here in our San Francisco therapy practice, we work with a lot of people who struggle to take time off from work. You may personally… Continue Reading »

10 Common Myths About Emotions (and the Truth)

10 Common Myths About Emotions (and the Truth)

Emotions can be confusing and overwhelming at times – and common myths about emotions can make things worse. Some myths imply that you should be in control of your emotions at all times. Other myths equate emotions with the truth of who you are. Growing up, you may have learned that certain emotions mean you… Continue Reading »