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Taking Care of the Caretakers

By Ashley Jara, MA, LPC Parents, teachers, school counselors or anyone else who guides, mentors and cares for teens –we all know how difficult and exhausting the end of the school year can be! Are you a parent?  Teacher?  Or a primary provider of any support to teenagers or school age kids?  If so, summer…

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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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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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