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The Simple Way I Empower Teens in Therapy

Last week I was chatting with a teen client at the beginning of session and we slogged through the whole, “how’s the week been, what has your attention today” routine. Schoolwork is a recurring topic and I wanted to guide us to more empowering work that fosters a sense of self-knowledge and self-worth. It’s not…

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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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What it’s like to try Outdoor Therapy

By Megan Yarnall, MA, MFTC, LPCC At Colorado Teen Therapy, we believe in nature therapy, outdoor therapy and adventure therapy because we’ve experienced it ourselves and we know how transformational it can be.  As I prepare to work with group of teens during our summer camp, I wanted to share a little about my own…

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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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