Dealing with Trichotillomania And Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s)

By Krista Reed, LSCSW

Trichotillomania.  Say that word 5 times as fast as you can.  Not only is it a tricky word to say, it is a challenging behavior to overcome. Pronounced “trick-o-till-o-may-nee-uh,”  “TTM” or “Trich” is also identified as the ”Hair Pulling Disorder.”  It is part of a group of behaviors referred to as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s), in which a person pulls, picks or bites his or her hair, nails, or skin causing injury to him- or herself.  TTM is currently categorized in the Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders section in the DSM 5; however, it is not Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  TTM and other BFRBs are so complex, researchers are struggling to classify them. Read More

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Adult and Teen Groups Enrolling Now

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group is now open for new members to join both our Adult and Adolescent groups!

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a broad-based cognitive behavioral treatment aimed to enhance your ability to regulate emotions, improve interpersonal relationships and crisis management skills.  Emotion dysregulation has been linked to a variety of mental health concerns stemming from patterns of instability in emotional management, lack of impulse control, ineffective interpersonal relationships, and a distorted self-image.  Helping clients find true balance in emotion, thoughts, and behavior and/or choices is the fundamental practice of DBT. Read More

13 Reasons Why, from A Clinical Perspective

By Krista Reed, LSCSW

Gone are the days when Zack Morris’ problems were solved in a single episode and Danny Tanner was always one step ahead of his children, able to fix literally anything.  Being born in the 80’s and a fan of 90’s sitcoms, I grew up watching and living for these moments on television.  Teenagers were portrayed as characters who dealt in black and white absolutes, with little to no mystery.  Families had dilemmas, of course, but they were always palatable ones, wrapped up nicely with a neat bow.  Jessie Spano was able to kick a pill addiction in a matter of a few days!  90’s sitcoms were marvelous for their time; however, times have clearly changed and what kids are watching has changed as well. Read More

Harnessing the Power of Your ADHD

Joel Ybarra, LCMFT, originally published April 28, 2017 on joelybarra.com.

We tend to think of problems with focus and attention as impairments in brain functioning. Forgetting things, losing things and not being able to focus on the task at hand are all problematic, but it is important to understand what is actually going on in our ADHD brains and how we can use them optimally.  It is not that we are incapable of focus; we may just need to put in a little extra effort to be able to harness all our brains are capable of doing. The ADHD brain is actually moving too fast. In most cases, ADHD is more like “too much attention” than not enough. We can pay attention to too many things at once. We end up focusing on things we don’t need to. Or if asked to do something that is not challenging mentally (doesn’t take much processing power), our minds drift because of the simplicity (or dullness) of the activity. Read More