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  • Overcoming Emotional Disconnection with Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT)

    Are you struggling with emotional shut-down? Do you find yourself purposefully (and sometimes accidentally!) disconnecting from your emotions? You may be lonely but you are not alone. Many people struggle with recurring patterns of detachment and disconnection that can be difficult to overcome. Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) classes teach skills to help you understand what is happening so you can break free from toxic patterns and connect with others. Emotional shut-down, also known as emotional avoidance, is a common defense mechanism many over-controlled individuals use to protect themselves from uncomfortable emotions. The benefit is, it works....but only temporarily. The downside is, this coping strategy can lead to a sense of disconnection (and actual disconnection!) from others. RO-DBT class is an essential part of full RO-DBT and is specifically developed to help those with over-controlled personality styles. It focuses on increasing emotional expressiveness and openness, which can be particularly helpful in preventing emotional shut-down. According to RO-DBT, an over-controlled coping style can result in difficulty trusting others and may lead to a tendency to withdraw from social interactions. Over-controlled individuals may also have difficulty coping with stress and may be prone to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. If you're looking for an RO-DBT class online, contact us today.

  • How to Find the Right Therapy Services for You

    When it comes to therapy and counseling, it can be challenging to know where to start. With so many different options available, it can be difficult to determine which type of therapy is right for you. Whether you're seeking therapy for yourself, your child, or your family, it's important to understand the different types of therapy services available and how they can help you. Online therapy and virtual therapy have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. These types of therapy allow you to receive counseling from the comfort of your own home, using video conferencing technology. Online therapy can be a great option for those who live in remote areas or for those who have difficulty leaving their homes. If you're experiencing relationship issues, couples therapy, parent coaching, or family therapy may be the right choice for you. These types of therapy and coaching focus on improving communication, changing behavior, and resolving conflicts within relationships. They can also help families navigate difficult situations, such as the loss of a loved one or a child's behavioral problems. Anxiety therapy and depression therapy are designed to help individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. These types of therapy can help you understand and manage emotions, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve overall mental well-being. Adolescent therapy and teen therapy are specialized forms of therapy designed to help young people navigate the unique challenges of growing up. These types of therapy can help teens develop healthy coping mechanisms, improve their social skills, and build self-esteem. When searching for a therapist or counselor, it's important to find someone who is licensed and qualified to provide therapy services. Look for a therapist or counselor who has a Master's degree or higher in psychology or a related field, and who is licensed by your state's professional licensing board. If you're looking for therapy services in your area, you can use the keyword "therapy near me" to find local providers. You can also search for therapy services in your city or state to find providers who specialize in the type of therapy you're interested in. In conclusion, when it comes to therapy and counseling, it can be overwhelming to navigate through the plethora of options. But why waste your time searching through countless therapists when you can trust the experts at PSYCHē to pair you with YOUR perfect therapist? Whether you're looking for couples therapy, family therapy, teen therapy, anxiety therapy, depression therapy, online therapy or virtual therapy, PSYCHē's team of experts understand the importance of finding the right therapy match to achieve your goals. Don't waste any more time searching, let us take the burden off your shoulders and expertly pair you with the perfect therapist for you.

  • Group Therapy: Types and Benefits

    One of the hardest parts about dealing with a mental health condition is the isolation, loneliness, and lack of connection one struggles with. It's the exact opposite of what's required when going through a difficult time. This is where group therapy comes in. What is group therapy? Simply put, it’s a form of psychotherapy involving one or more therapists working with a group of individuals struggling with similar issues. While it can provide the often-needed support to the clients, on the flip side, it might seem intimidating and scary to open up to strangers. What’s important is for the individual to join the right kind of group at the right time to be able to realize the many benefits of group therapy. Types of Group Therapy A person can join different types of group therapy depending on their preference and mental health condition. This is one of the reasons why group therapy can be so effective. Let’s explore the four main types of group therapy: Psychoeducational Group Therapy As the name suggests, psychoeducational groups are aimed at providing knowledge to clients about their condition and help them cope with it. These groups work well for conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and phobias. Support Group Therapy Support group therapy has unconditional acceptance and encouragement as its goal. People in this type of group share their stories and challenges while seeking support from other members. Alcoholics Anonymous is an example of a support group. Process Group Therapy Process groups, while led by a licensed therapist, are more unstructured in nature. Unlike psychoeducational groups, they don’t focus on a single topic. The focus is on the interpersonal processes. People encourage each other to develop self-awareness and foster deep connections. Skills Development Group Therapy Skills development groups are highly effective in cultivating and honing specific, constructive skills. Members can practice these skills with each other in the group setting and later implement in their real life. An example of a skills group is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group. Benefits of Group Therapy Group therapy isn’t as popular as individual psychotherapy and thus its many benefits aren’t widely known. However, people who do go through group therapy come out with fresh perspectives, better strategies to cope with their condition, and even new friendships. Here are some ways in which group therapy can prove to be highly beneficial: Reduces the feelings of loneliness and isolation Struggling with a mental health issue is an incredibly difficult experience. What makes it worse is the feelings of isolation that accompany it. Group therapy helps one realize that they are not alone and there are many others who can truly empathize with them. Offers support and encouragement Since the people in the group understand what it’s like to deal with a mental health condition, they are highly supportive and encouraging towards others. Every small victory is cheered and every setback is met with support. Opens you to new perspectives Hearing others talk about their situations, challenges, and how they cope with it can provide a unique perspective on the problems one is facing. It allows you to be open-minded and think differently. Gives you a safe space Group therapy lets everyone freely talk about their problems and deepest emotions without any fear of judgment. Every voice is heard and respected. Just as in individual therapy, groups remain confidential so that each member can be their authentic self. Instill hope and optimism In the throes of a mental health struggle, the light at the end of the tunnel is barely visible. Hearing stories of others who have overcome similar challenges can make that light seem a bit brighter, reigniting hope and optimism in recovery. Teaches you adaptive strategies A trained therapist is often there to guide the group therapy session and teach adaptive strategies to cope with issues one is facing. Learning also comes through other people who share what helps them overcome certain challenges. Group therapy comes with a myriad of advantages. It can seem a little daunting at first, which is natural for everyone in the beginning, but as you meet others, that feeling of awkwardness fades away and a sense of belonging sets in. We at PSYCHē provide virtual group therapy covering various skills. Every group is led by a handpicked licensed clinician who is an expert in their field.

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  • MDD | PSYCHe PLLC | Find Your Perfect Therapist Today

    Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) There is a big difference between a mood and MDD Too often, the label “Depression” is tossed around in popular culture as a way to describe a feeling or a mood, i.e. “I’m depressed thinking about how much work I have to do this weekend” or, “After looking at my bank balance this morning, I’m completely depressed.” While these situations CAN trigger sadness, hopelessness, and/or other unpleasant emotions, they are NOT a Depressive Disorder. There is some evidence that MDD is over-diagnosed* and failure to view a Major Depressive Episode in terms of level of severity can lead to problems at both ends of the spectrum--some may be medicated for a disorder they don’t actually have, while others who meet criteria for Severe MDD may be under-treated because they are approached in the same way as “anyone with Depression.” ​ Depression is not just a feeling. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria of “depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day” and feeling “...sad, empty, hopeless” is only 1 criteria out of a minimum of 5-9 that must be met to be diagnosed with MDD. ​ While almost everyone has had a few days, weeks, or even longer in which they felt down in the dumps, low, and/or unmotivated, the comparison between this and Major Depressive Disorder is similar to comparing a cold to bronchitis or pneumonia. A Major Depressive Disorder almost always needs to be treated or the patient runs the risk of serious complications, one of which includes the risk of death (via suicide). ​ When a person experiences the onset of a Major Depressive Episode, there is a change from their previous level of functioning--take the analogy of coming down with the flu. There is a definite difference, even if it creeps up. We often advise patients who have an onset of MDE to treat themselves kindly, as though they were physically ill. This may involve placing less cognitive (thought) demands on themselves and giving themselves props for any tasks they are able to accomplish during that time. This avoids adding to the already present feelings of worthlessness or guilt and also addresses the physical fatigue or loss of energy and disturbed sleep (sleeping too much or difficulty sleeping) they are likely experiencing. One big difference between the flu analogy and how we treat Depression is, with MDD we want to keep the patient physically moving, whereas with the flu, bedrest is essential! ​ Not all depressive symptoms are the same. It is important that your provider asks the right questions. Before a skilled therapist diagnoses a Major Depressive Episode, they rule-out medical conditions which could be the underlying cause such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), hypothyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency, and anemia. Therapy will not benefit a person who is exhausted, sad, and unmotivated because of an undetected kidney infection. Furthermore, a Major Depressive Episode would not be diagnosed if the symptoms were in response to a significant loss and they made sense in the context of that loss such as the death of a loved one, having experienced a natural disaster, or going through a major financial loss. Finally, another mood disorder might fit better, such as Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or even the exhaustion stemming from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. ​ If you are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be highly effective as a psychotherapeutic treatment. When it comes to severe cases of MDD, getting an appointment with a medication provider can’t hurt. If you’re looking for the best therapists in Nashville, PSYCHē works collaboratively with the best psychiatrists to make sure our patients are well taken care of. A combined approach of medication and therapy is often the key to recovering from what we refer to as, the “pneumonia of mental health,” Major Depressive Episodes. ​ *1 Mojtabai, R., Clinician-Identified Depression in Community Settings: Concordance with Structured-Interview Diagnoses. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 82, 161-169. ​ PSYCHē PLLC has therapists ready to help. Get Started

  • Teen Therapy | PSYCHe PLLC | Find Your Perfect Therapist Today

    Teen & Adolescent Therapy You know they need help. We’re here for you both. Book a Consult Individual Teen & Adolescent Therapy Whether your child needs a warm and patient personality or someone more direct, we’ll match them with a therapist they can open up to and learn from. Meeting weekly online or in person with an experienced and supportive clinician can make an amazing difference in the well-being of children and adolescents. Behavioral interventions at the hands of a skilled therapist can improve the most difficult behaviors while cognitive techniques challenge unhealthy beliefs that lead to stubborn moods. Adolescent Group Skills Training Weekly DBT-Skills Training Groups add to what adolescents learn in individual therapy. In online group, they learn how to use the skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT Skills groups for teens gives them practical coping skills for responding to their rapidly changing emotions, self-esteem challenges, and peer relationship issues that arise during what is likely to be one of the most stressful periods of their lives. Adolescent Phone Coaching Phone coaching is a required component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A). Adolescents participating in any full DBT program receive support through telephone, text, and email in between sessions so they can receive "in-the-moment" crisis management and skills coaching. They can reach out to their individual DBT at any time and can expect a prompt reply. This is often a great way for an adolescent to receive help when they need it and also to work through issues with their therapist such as recognizing and respecting personal limits, communicating effectively, and healthy management of interpersonal conflict. Parent Coaching Caregivers need help too. Working with a parent coach may be required by your child’s individual therapist as a way to accelerate the progress made in therapy. PSYCHē's Teen & Adolescent services have a reputation for keeping kids out of the hospital and residential treatment. But we also help teens who are simply struggling with how to cope with sudden changes in their world. When caregivers are also active participants, we can help even faster with issues of depression, suicidal thinking, and self-harm. Parents and adolescents each work with their own team member for the best results. For caregivers, parent coaching focuses on teaching behavioral management and communication skills while teens focus on learning skills and talking through their emotions. Get Paired Here’s how it works. Consultation Our Therapy Services Specialists (TSS) know therapy and they know therapists. Tell them your issues, what you’re looking for, what you’re NOT looking for, and let them get to work. This 90-minute appointment is where to start. Recommendation After presenting your case to our in house experts, the TSS will provide your personalized recommendation detailing the type of therapy that we recommended as well as potential therapists to choose from. We aren’t satisfied until you have a path to move forward. First Appointment The next step is to start! You will be connected to your clinician and begin therapy. If it isn't the right fit, no problem. Just alert your case manager and we’ll start taking steps to make it right.

  • DBT | PSYCHe PLLC | Find Your Perfect Therapist Today

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Not all DBT is the same. Click here to find out what questions to ask to find out if a therapist is truly a DBT Therapist. PSYCHē was founded by a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ The effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been supported by research for treating a variety of issues. Originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. in the 1980's to treat severe suicidality and self-injury, it is notorious for treating Borderline Personality Disorder in women, but research now suggests it is effective in improving a variety of conditions and diagnoses. In recent years, DBT has been empirically validated for treating other issues such as depression, impulsivity, anger, eating disorders, & more. What to Expect in DBT Individual DBT Sessions DBT-to-fidelity asks for a "gentleman's agreement" to commit to a 1-year of weekly therapy. Stage 1 of DBT treatment sessions focus on stabilizing mood and changing behavior. A heavy emphasis is placed on mindfulness and applying skills learned in DBT group to your specific situation. DBT therapists help clients build “a life worth living.” ​ Stage 2 of DBT includes processing traumatic memories through exposure treatments or changing unhelpful core beliefs that are a result of traumatic invalidation. DBT Skills Training Group Weekly DBT-Skills Training Groups cover specific skills to increase mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT Skills Groups are like a class (not therapy). ​ Standard DBT for Adults involves a minimum of 52 weeks of group so that all of the skills are reviewed at least twice. The material covered is from Marsha Linehan's "DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets ." Members can join anytime. Phone Coaching and Between Session Support Clients participating in true DBT programs receive intersession support through telephone, text, and email. Therapists assist clients with in-the-moment crisis management, task accountability, and case management. The main priority of intersession contact is to maintain active use of DBT Skills for effective coping. Parent Coaching & Support (DBT for Adolescents) Kids don’t come with a handbook. That’s why caregivers with children in therapy at PSYCHē most often meet with a parent coach to get a behavioral therapy education. Parents learn tips and tricks to implement with their child at home. Coaches create plans to assist caregivers in changing things as quickly as possible—and when the behavior is life-threatening, time is of the essence! Board Certification matters. Becoming a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician isn’t easy. It involves multiple steps including: ​ -Attending 2 week-long intensive DBT trainings which are separated by several months -Meeting weekly with a DBT consultation team assigned to you from the intensive program for 2.5 hours each week -Consultation team case presentation -Passing a multiple-choice exam of 110 questions and 10 pilot questions held at a Pearson Vue testing site based upon the DBT Texts and trainings -Submitting 3 video recorded therapy sessions and passing 2 out of 3 for adherence -Passing a written DBT case conceptualization of the patient participating in the recordings -Evidence of engaging in regular mindfulness practice PSYCHē DBT therapists participate in a weekly peer consultation team meetings to maintain DBT-to-Fidelity. Get Started

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