Not sure if you are ready for this post, or if I am, but its been brewing….so here it is.   Over the past twenty years as a psychologist I have worked with and through so much. I have spent my career studying emotion regulation, trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorders (the overlap unmistakable)...

    Despite the leaps and bounds the field has made, in large part due to the life work of people like Marsha Linehan, I am still disappointed (and concerned) by the prevalent judgement and emotion dysregulation that persists among healthcare practitioners when they hear the term borderline personality disorder (BPD). Eyes roll, sighs suddenly...

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is guided by a number of core assumptions about the nature of human behavior and about the process of treatment. Over the next few weeks, I will describe each in turn. One that is high on my list right now, however, is the treatment assumption that clients cannot fail DBT. People often...

I went to see The Joker last night. It was an extraordinary film to watch, a profound depiction of Arthur Fleck’s severe mental illness played by Joaquin Phoneix, and a disturbing illustration of society’s rejection of what we don’t understand. With unabashed expertise, Phoneix adeptly exposes the gradual erosion of Arthur Fleck’s psyche.  A young...