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October Staff Spotlight

Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. Emily: I have previously been a milieu therapist and am currently a primary and art therapist. I work with both adults and teens, and currently run several art-based therapy groups, DBT skills groups, and milieu coaching in addition to individual therapy sessions. I enjoy combining my training in art therapy with emotion focused therapy and DBT to facilitate a deeper understanding of the present moment in a way that’s creative and tangible. When did you first decide to create a career around art (or mental health)? What inspired your path? Emily: I wasn’t always aware that art therapy was a career that existed, even after college. I have my BA in Fine Arts and after several internships in stained glass design and restoration, decided it was not what I...

Those Who Attempt Suicide & the Clinicians Who Work With Them

The arrival of National Suicide Prevention Month (September) stirs up a plethora of emotions for those in the community, both from survivors of suicide attempts, their families, loved ones, mental health treatment providers, and others . In addition to the devastating loss experienced by the families and loved ones of those who die by suicide, those affected are often left grief-stricken, with a greater risk of mental illness and suicide themselves. In an effort to increase awareness and make good on the memory of those fallen, throughout the month you will likely be reminded of the country’s current battle to help those struggling with suicidal behaviors make different choices. You may be reminded that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S....

Staff Spotlight

Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health Tania: I am an art therapist as well as a primary therapist. I have the great joy and privilege of being able to run daily art groups as well as see patients on an individual basis. I have always seen art therapy as a unique and powerful tool and one that I feel very proud to be able to use to encourage healing and creative inspiration here at THIRA. When did you first decide to create a career around art (or mental health)? What inspired your path? Tania: I really lucked out by stumbling into art therapy. I always knew that I wanted to do something creative, while still doing something that made a positive impact. My first foray into...

5 Tips For Improving Bad Habits

Our habits, over time, build up the experiences that define our lifestyle and the way we approach life. A habit can be physical and health-related, such as eating fatty foods and sweets or smoking cigarettes, or it can be emotional and mental - such as the re-telling of a personal narrative that causes us stress. Habits are patterns of behavior that often happen outside of our awareness. While you may be most aware of the habits that work against you, what matters most is taking action for change. It is crucial to understand that ineffective habits don’t go away on their own. Unfortunately, breaking a bad habit can be quite daunting for people, and there’s deep-seeded behavioral reasoning for this. We’re hard-wired to re-create experiences that...

How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blends Acceptance and Change

By Dr. Kathryn Korslund Although most therapists are aware of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in some way, shape, or form, few non-practitioners understand what, exactly, is implied by the approach’s “dialectics.” Generally speaking, the notion of a “dialectical” process suggests compromising, blending together, or creating something entirely new; transforming black and white into grey, so to speak. In the context of DBT, however, dialectics involves a push for coexistence, an effort to hold two ostensibly opposing forces next to each other without compromising either’s integrity while searching for synthesis; weaving a black-and-white plaid, so to speak. In fact, the practice of DBT itself emerged from Dr. Marsha Linehan’s attempts to reconcile acceptance- and change-based therapies without losing the effective elements of either. Change vs. Acceptance Change-based treatments have typically...

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