Fog and Depression: How to Survive Summer in San Francisco

fog and depression: how to survive summer in san francisco

June Gloom. Fogust (for our lovely August). If you’ve lived in San Francisco for any length of time, you’ve heard these phrases. And of course, the most famous, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.” Although this last one is attributed to Mark Twain, there’s some debate about who actually said…

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Self-Criticism Part 2: Finding Your Way Out of Self-Criticism

How to find your way out of self-criticism and self-judgment | San Francisco therapy practice

In the first post of this series, we looked at How Self-Criticism is Hurting You. It’s something we see in our San Francisco therapy practice with a great many people. Which means we have a lot of experience helping our clients navigate their way out of the hurtful path of self-criticism and self-judgment. In part…

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Self-Criticism Part 1: How Self-Criticism is Hurting You

How self-criticism is hurting you and why you likely started engaging in this hurtful activity | San Francisco therapists

Do you often judge yourself harshly? Self-criticism and self-judgment are the most common underlying issues we see in our San Francisco therapy practice. Under the outward struggles people are dealing with – work stress, relationship problems, depression, or addictive behavior – there is very often a deep sense of feeling flawed. This sense of feeling…

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Are You Pleasure Deprived? Part 2

What are the common obstacles to doing nice and pleasurable things for yourself? In part 2 of this blog series, we explore the reasons we see most often in our San Francisco therapy practice.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at why it’s important to prioritize pleasure and how to actually bring more of it into your life. Now in Part 2, we explore the common obstacles to prioritizing pleasure and how to get the most of your pleasurable events. In our San Francisco therapy practice, we…

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Are You Pleasure Deprived? Part 1

Do you need help bringing more pleasure into your life? Bay Area Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Do you need to bring more pleasure into your life? In our San Francisco therapy practice, we help people incorporate more pleasure and joy in their lives because therapy isn’t just about talking about problems, it’s also about building a life where you feel better more of the time. One powerful way to feel better…

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Make More Friends (and Reduce Social Anxiety) with Mindfulness 

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Want more friends? Have you ever gone to a social gathering in the hope of connecting with new people… but wanted to leave after several frustrating interactions where you just can’t seem to “click” with anyone? Sometimes it can seem like the harder we try to reach out and connect with others, the more lonely…

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How to practice Radical Acceptance

Learn how to practice radical acceptance, a DBT skill, from Bay Area DBT and Couples Counselling Center

Radical acceptance is a transformative skill we teach in our San Francisco Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group. Therapy is usually focused on change. And of course, you will work on change in therapy. But sometimes there are things in life we can’t change, or can’t immediately change. Sometimes we need to accept what feels…

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Radical Acceptance: A life-changing DBT skill

Learn about the Radical Acceptance skill this San Francisco therapist teaches in their DBT skills group.

In our San Francisco Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group, one of the most life-changing skills we teach is called Radical Acceptance. What is Radical Acceptance? Radical Acceptance is accepting what is – exactly as it is. It is saying yes to reality. It is saying yes to both reality as it is right now…

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Is mood dependent behavior impacting your life?

The effects of mood dependent behavior and what you can do to change | San Francisco Dialectical Behavior Therapy

In our San Francisco therapy practice, we often see people who struggle with emotional overwhelm, or emotional dysregulation. Do you have a hard time getting things done when you’re upset? Can an argument with your partner wreck your whole day? Does it sometimes feel like your moods get in the way of you living your…

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How can I be Happy?

Tips on how to be happy from a San Francisco therapist.

Our San Francisco therapists are often asked the question, “How can I be happy?” You’ve probably wondered the same thing. We all have a drive towards increasing happiness and decreasing pain. You may fantasize that something external will bring you happiness – making more money, getting in shape, a new relationship or a beach vacation.…

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