Posts by Jamie Doak

Teaching Teens “Distress Tolerance” — a core DBT skill

In addition to working at the Colorado Teen Therapy offices, I also work at a high school in Denver providing school-based therapy.  This means that I get to see first-hand what the start of the school year looks like for teens on a day-to-day basis: getting to see old friends and making new ones, decorating…

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How Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy Help Your Teen?

What is DBT? DBT is a type of cognitive behavior therapy that takes a strengths-based approach to help individuals identify and challenge core beliefs that make life harder. By focusing on both the ability to accept current situations while still striving to make things better, it teaches tools to react in healthy and appropriate ways…

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How to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter about Healthy Body Image

Talking about body image with a teenage girl can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield. How do you bring up the topic of body image without making your daughter feel like maybe there is something she should be self-conscious about? Or worse– confirming that the thing that she’s already self-conscious about is actually true! Unless…

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Praise and Perfectionism

When I was just starting out as a teacher, I used praise pretty liberally with my students. If I thought a student had done really well on a paper they turned in, I’d give them a high five and say, “You are so smart!” It seems pretty innocuous, but praising teens for intelligence rather than…

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Tackling Test Anxiety

As a teacher and counselor working in high schools, one of the primary reasons teens would come talk to me was about text anxiety. The story was always pretty similar: They paid attention in class, they took notes, they studied all night long, but on the day of the test their minds just went blank…

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