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Mindfulness and DBT: Describe

The Describe mindfulness skill in DBT

The “What” skills of mindfulness in DBT In last week’s post, I explained the first “What” skill of mindfulness in DBT, which is Observe. Now I am going to explain the second “What” skill, which is Describe.   The Describe Mindfulness Skill Describe builds on Observe. Observe is just bare-bones attention – noticing without adding…

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Mindfulness and DBT: Observe

How to practice the observe mindfulness skill in DBT

In our last post, we explored the power of mindfulness. Now that you know the benefits of mindfulness, you may be wondering what you should do to be mindful. DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, teaches you what to actually do to practice mindfulness and how to do it. These are called the “What” and “How”…

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Mindfulness in DBT: How this core skill can help you

What is mindfulness in DBT

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose to what is happening right now. When you practice mindfulness, you focus your attention on your present experience; just noticing whatever is happening in each moment, not lost in the past or thinking about the future. Mindfulness is the opposite of being on automatic pilot. When…

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What is Wise Mind in DBT?

What’s DBT’s wise mind?

What is Wise Mind? Wise Mind is a foundational DBT concept. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based therapy that was originally created to help people who feel overwhelmed by the intensity of their emotions. The concept of Wise Mind, though, can be beneficial to everyone. Wise Mind is an internal state of wisdom, or knowledge.…

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The Myth of Spontaneity

What is the myth of spontaneity in relationships?

As a San Francisco couple’s therapist, I regularly see couples that have gotten so busy with every day life that they’ve put their relationship on the back burner, where it sits, ignored. It’s easy to prioritize everything else – work, school, family and socializing – the list could go on and on. But prioritizing your…

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Is your relationship unbalanced?

Do you have an unbalanced relationship?

Is your relationship unbalanced? Do you give too much in your relationship? Are you the only one putting out energy to keep the relationship on track? Do you sometimes wish that your partner gave to you half as much as you give to them? If so, your relationship is out of balance.   An unbalanced…

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What a stupid thing to do!

Negative self-talk

How do you talk to yourself when you make a mistake? What a stupid thing to do! How could I be so dumb? What’s wrong with me?! – or worse – I’m such a loser. I can’t do anything right. Does this sound familiar?   Negative Self-Talk The things you say to yourself when you’ve…

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