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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

5 Things to Know About Dialectical Behavior Therapy

The creator of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, once wrote that “It is hard to be happy without a life worth living. This is a fundamental tenet of DBT.” Now, while this statement may seem relatively straightforward on its face, it is, of course, as expected, much …

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School and Mental Health Treatment

It may be summer, but we all know school is right around the corner. That makes this the perfect time to reflect on school and what it can mean for mental health and eating disorder treatment. In our work with adolescents, we often see school attendance used as an excuse …

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More than Movement: Working Through Transference

In many ways, my role as a movement specialist makes me out to be something of a boogie man. When some clients are faced with doing movement, the facilitator often becomes the object of their transference. For example, if you have a client who struggles with doing more active things …

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Belonging: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Design

June is Pride Month, and a time for us to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. It’s also a time for us to ensure that we are doing enough to make our spaces as inclusive and affirming as possible. Galen Hope Co-Founder Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt explains that inclusivity is a vital part …

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The Benefits of Expressive Arts and Experiential Therapy

The 19th-century composer Felix Mendelssohn once said, “The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.” Of course, this concept goes well beyond the world of classical music. Though it might not be the first place one might imagine, this concept is critical in the recovery realm. Variety is crucial …

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The Importance of a Transitional Recovery Plan

At Galen Hope, we believe very strongly in a transitional recovery plan for our clients. It is important to understand the benefits of this type of treatment model. Transitional recovery may begin with a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and may move into a tiered intensive outpatient program (IOP). It may …

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World Eating Disorders Action Day: Raising Awareness and Taking Action

This year, as every year, Galen Hope is proud to participate in World Eating Disorders Action Day. Because of our commitment to treating eating disorders, awareness campaigns like this one are very important to us. This year, the organizers of the official World Eating Disorders Action Day remind us:  Worldwide, …

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Looking at World Schizophrenia Day

Like many mental health conditions, schizophrenia is not well understood. For many the diagnosis is rather frightening. Schizophrenia is a highly stigmatized condition, and many people with the disorder face discrimination and prejudice in various aspects of their lives, such as employment and relationships. Raising awareness can help to reduce …

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Self-Compassion: What Exactly Is Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)?

Mental illness can rob us of so much. It can strain our relationships, upset our professional and academic lives and deplete our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. However, it can also rob us of something just as important and extremely intimate: our compassion toward ourselves and our compassion toward those …

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6 Things We Can All Do To Support Mental Health Awareness

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every year during the month of May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health, a topic we addressed in …

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