An Article about Mindfulness

I encourage you to practice mindfulness daily and assess how you feel after 30 days.  Mindfulness decreases distraction and rumination, enhances immune response, decreases depression, and increases healing of psoriasis.  There are more benefits psychologically and physically to practicing mindfulness, I have only named a few.

Even a brief mindfulness practice daily, of a few minutes can elicit these benefits.

A 7 minute mindfulness practice

We Have Moved as of July 2019

Hello! SoCo DBT has moved as of July 2019.  We are still in Newport Beach near the tollroad and the freeway.


Courtney’s Office


Waiting Room

Mindfulness Definition

Paying attention to something, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally -Kabat-Zinn

How have you practiced being Mindful Today?

These are a couple of ideas:

  1. Lie on the ground and watch the clouds in the sky
  2.  Stop and listen to the sounds around you
  3. Breathe in and notice the smells
  4. Watch thoughts come in and out of your mind

Dialectics: What does that mean?

Dialectics are an important part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  What is a Dialectic??

The three main concepts of Dialectics:

  1. The universe is filled with opposing forces
  2. Change is the only constant
  3. Connectedness
  4. Change is transactional

The site referenced below explains in a friendly and understandable way about the concept of dialectics. Enjoy!

Announcement: Certified DBT Clinician

As of April 16, 2019, I earned my Certification as a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™.  I began the application process in 2016.  First submitting my application to take the exam which I passed in June 2016.  The last two parts of certification have been the most difficult to pass including case conceptualization and videos submitted for adherence. I happy and excited to call myself a Certified DBT clinician and join the ranks of only a few clinicians in the state of California.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_729.jpg



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How To Chose a DBT Therapist

These are the questions you should ask:

  • Have you completed a 10 day intensive DBT training ?
  • Are you a member of a DBT consultation team ?
  • Have you been supervised by an expert DBT therapist?
  • Are you familiar with the main sets of DBT strategies (cognitive behavioral therapy, validation, dialectics)
  • Do you teach skills, practice behavior analysis, review diary cards,?
  • Do you do phone coaching?
  • How many clients have you treated using DBT?

The answer to these questions should be yes. You have a right to check on the therapist’s credentials; to know if the therapist is licensed in his/her state; to know the extent and nature of the therapist’s education and training; the extent of the therapist’s experience in treating clients with similar problems; the therapist’s arrangements for coverage or emergency contacts.

Article from the Kennedy Forum

This article highlights the federal ruling that UnitedHealthcare used flawed criteria to reject mental health and addiction treatment coverage.

The Kennedy Forum

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Retrieved from

“Dialectal behavior therapy (DBT) was invented by Marsha Linehan, a psychologist, who modified traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of chronically suicidal and self-injurious individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Dr. Linehan recently revealed her own struggles with BPD and how her own insights from living successfully with the condition contributed to developing this novel and creative therapy.”

If you know know someone with BPD or a family member with a loved one with BPD an excellent resource is Family Connections.  Family connections is a 12 week course for family member developed by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman.  The course provides an opportunity to learn DBT skills and build a support network.


What does Validation mean?

Validation is acknowledging that another person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have a cause which is understandable.  It is not necessarily agreeing with another person.

What do it? Validation improves our relationships and makes other more receptive to what we are communicating.

Enjoy the video!