Accepting and Coping with Emotions Part 1

This week at Imagine Hope, we will be discussing aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  DBT is a type of therapy that focuses on mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.  This week we plan to break aspects of DBT down to help you learn to accept and cope with your feelings.

Tolerance

When you experience a situation that creates strong emotions, it can be uncomfortable and even painful.  That’s why it’s important to have tolerance skills.  These skills allow you to cope and/or survive a crisis.  This week we will be discussing in further detail what these tolerance skills may look like, and how to utilize techniques such as mindfulness in your life.

Acceptance

When you experience a crisis or a difficult situation, it’s important to accept the reality of the situation.  Oftentimes our first reaction is to try to avoid, change, or remove ourselves from the situation.  Sometimes this is not possible.  Acceptance means to say things like “I’m in this situation.  I don’t like it but I can’t change it.  It’s going to be ok”. 

Check back this week as we discuss ways to improve and utilize tolerance and acceptance skills.

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.