3 weird things to do when you’re in a slump.


“Slump.” It’s not a clinical term, but who wants to read an article about “anhedonia“? One of the most common topics of therapy is lack of motivation. Sometimes a “slump” is born from the paralyzing anxiety of agoraphobia (think Joan … Continue reading


DBT and Radical Acceptance. (Sometimes you just have to accept some pee.)


Preface by Megsanity: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) has been a growing phenomenon in the psychotherapy world. And as this movement becomes more popular in the general population, I have been getting more and more questions about it……. Keep reading…

Reader Asks: I wish I never had my child.


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Question: I have a daughter with bipolar disorder who is ruining my life with her disrespect and her antics.  I bring her to therapy and she’s on medication, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. I am honestly counting the days … Continue reading

8 simple ways to stop unwanted thoughts. By Meg Sanity.


Recently, I was scouring the internet for a quick cheat-sheet which would describe several strategies for managing unwanted thoughts.  (Therapists search for bizarre things.  Like, in the middle of a CBT therapy session, google can help ascertain the answer to, “Can a spider break … Continue reading

For parents of kids with depression and/or anxiety. (some practical suggestions.)


By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. I greet you in the waiting room, and ask if you need to let me know anything before I bring your child back to my office;  You usually say “no,” and likely wonder what is going … Continue reading

Handling difficult emotions: A Simple PDF.


By Angelica Shiels Psy.D A while back, I created a  document for some of the teenagers I see in therapy (For therapists:  It combines CBT and DBT, addressing some common thinking errors, validation, radical acceptance, and distress tolerance in a SIMPLE FORM.  … Continue reading

The best thing a parent can do for a highly emotional child.


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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. I see many kids and teens that suffer from Depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality traits in therapy. Many parents want to know, “What causes my child to feel so sad , lonely, depleted, apathetic, or … Continue reading

Should my child see a therapist? (From kidshealth.org)


Here’s a great article I found in Kidshealth.org about children and therapy: Sometimes kids, like adults, can benefit from therapy. Therapy can help kids develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of seeking help. Therapists can help kids … Continue reading

CBT may backfire with severe depression.


; Apparently, attempting to intentionally change your depressive thoughts (CBT) can exacerbate negative emotions for severely depressed people. (Shout out to my Wisconsin Badgers for conducting this brain imaging research.) So what’s the application? Hmmm….. I’ve often observed that the … Continue reading