Hillside Blog

Nurturing Relationships on Valentine’s Day: A DBT Perspective

By Lara Muster, Clinical Intern | January 5, 2024
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Valentine’s Day extends beyond adults and romantic connections; it offers children and adolescents a meaningful opportunity to explore and strengthen their relationships and connections. Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) principles into the celebration can provide valuable skills for young individuals navigating the complexities of teenage relationships. This aligns seamlessly with…

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Let’s Do “New Year, New Me” Mindfully

By Julianna Thompson LAPC, Hillside Therapist | January 5, 2024
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According to History, the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians and their tradition of promising their pagan gods to pay their accrued debts and return borrowed goods to the family and neighbors, hoping to have favor bestowed upon them in the new year. Although the…

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Suicide Rate by Gender: Is There a Difference?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | December 7, 2023
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Gender and suicide rates have an important correlation that can place some youth at an increased risk. Understanding suicide in girls, boys, transgender individuals and nonbinary youth can help you recognize when a loved one needs help and ensure they receive the treatment they need. In This Article Male vs.…

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Radical Acceptance over the Holidays

By Eamonn Walsh, LCSW | November 16, 2023
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“Pain in life is inevitable; suffering is optional.” Things often differ from how we think they should be or how we want them to be. The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. Increased commitments, holiday parties, shopping for gifts, and traveling to visit relatives can all grate…

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Journaling for Gratitude

By Dr. Jasmine Easley, Hillside Therapist | October 24, 2023
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Take a moment to think about the last time you reflected on something positive. Has it been a while? For many people, it can feel easier to focus on things that go wrong. Journaling for gratitude helps bring awareness to the things and people we are thankful for. It provides…

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The Stigma of Mental Health & How to Reframe It: A DBT Perspective

By Lara Muster, Clinical Intern | September 13, 2023
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We have made significant strides from the ancient times of mental illness deemed a cause for incarceration and the mid-1700s asylum era of overcrowded, poorly kept institutions. There is, however, still ample room for improvement and increased access to community-based care for individuals struggling with mental health. Nobody questions the…

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Perfection: How to deal with the pressure to be perfect

By Roy Chancey, LCSW, ACCFC | August 11, 2023
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Perfectionism is a trap that we unwittingly set for ourselves. So, when does perfectionism become maladaptive?  Ascribing to themes associated with inferiority, unworthiness, failure and guilt constitute maladaptive perfectionism.  It masks overcompensating. Maladaptive perfectionism can be described as a trait involving extremely high-performance standards and an obsessive concern over making…

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Myths About Suicide

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | July 7, 2023
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With the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide, many myths have developed that often prevent people from seeking the treatment or help they need. Debunking these myths can help reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and make seeking help and addressing mental health challenges easier. If you or someone you know…

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LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | June 30, 2023
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LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

Members of the LGBTQ community are at a higher risk of suicide than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Studies show LGBTQ individuals are up to three times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual individuals, with factors like discrimination, family rejection and lack of support and resources contributing to these rates.  Promoting…

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How to Support Someone who is Struggling

By RJ Manradgh, LPC, NCC, CPCS | June 19, 2023
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Supporting someone who is struggling is no easy task. Both being mindful of what they need and how to best communicate with them are critical to this process. Our natural inclination when someone close to us (whether it be a friend, close loved one, or your own adolescent) expresses an…

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