Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is an emotion regulation system that helps our clients modify and modulate their emotional reactivity. Once we learn to accept our current emotions, we can learn to regulate them with new coping skills while building a life of unprecedented skilled behaviors and choices. We recover from depression, anxiety, and trauma and open ourselves to a world filled with optimism and unlimited possibility.
DBT Skills Group
The DBT Skills Group teaches you the dozens of skills used by DBT in all their complexity, the neuroscience and research behind the DBT program, and the psychological advantages that make these skills relevant for the rest of your life. By understanding the skill’s practical benefit, the science behind the system, and the nuances of daily application, you are much more likely to actually practice the skill and have it available when the emotionally challenging moments unexpectedly appear.
Growing Girls Strong
A lot can change in just a few years. Parents of daughters know that every year brings something new. But many of us are overwhelmed with the severity, scope, and speed of change during our daughter’s teenage years. What we often do not understand is that the early teenage years come with a small window of time before these changes become entrenched and sometimes permanent. The rapid expansion of the brain during puberty creates new neural pathways for processing thoughts and feelings. These new pathways can shape and distort the important belief systems. The core assumptions about themselves, their relationships, and their effectiveness in the world are often consolidated during this time. The longer inaccurate beliefs and negative emotions are left addressed, the more entrenched they become.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is one of the most effective therapy systems in the world for those of us who suffer from persistent or recurrent depression. Since its creation, MBCT has been proven to be highly beneficial for anyone struggling with overwhelming negative emotions. At Gearing Up, we have found this therapy system effective with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, panic attacks, grief and loss, and trauma.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Psychological research has shown that once you’ve experienced clinical depression even once, your likelihood of relapsing back into clinical depression is around 50%. Psychologists call this phenomenon the negativity bias. Once the mind skews negative and beliefs and assumptions are built around that perspective, these negative thoughts and the emotions they create cycle in and out of our lives regularly. Something as minor as stubbing your toe can set off a chain reaction of negative thinking and quickly plunge your mind back into darkness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was designed to help you realistically evaluate and question your negative thoughts directly and to teach you how to manage and neutralize your negativity through disciplined practice and CBT skills.
Gearing Up values personalized, thoughtful, and expertly delivered individual counseling that is carefully planned, utilizes cutting edge research, and is always custom tailored to our clients’ needs. We are dedicated to APA endorsed evidence-based treatment models to build active coping skills, prepare clients for real-time responses, and work with our clients to build their best life. We are one of the largest and longest running mental health clinics in North Texas, and we are experts at targeting, treating, and resolving mental health issues.
Depression can strike without warning and can disrupt even the most gifted of lives. It can occur suddenly and with even the most common of disruptions like the end of a relationship, moving to a new city, or changing careers. Additionally, sometimes our genetics predispose us to emotional intensity and we experience depressive episodes even when our lives are running smoothly. No matter what causes the depression, many of us who struggle with depression develop a set of beliefs called learned helplessness. When we are helpless, we believe that we are unable to effectively influence or improve our lives, that our despair may never end, and often that it’s all our fault. We neglect solutions that could be effective and remain immobile in our resignation. We become increasingly saturated by our hopelessness, sadness, and self-invalidation as we spiral down into a throbbing emotional darkness. Depression becomes self-defining and all consuming. We are resigned to a life of self-recrimination and dejection. But that doesn’t have to be how your story ends.
Anxiety is an umbrella term covering several mental health disorders including Panic disorder, Phobia related disorders, Social phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and many more. Often the generic term is referring to Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a chronic mental health disorder that involves excessive and intense worry and fear. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common types of anxiety, and the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that around 20% of American adults experience an anxiety disorder every year. The anxious mind can be filled with catastrophic outcomes, morbid prophecies, and an overriding sense of helplessness in the face of challenges. We don’t see ourselves combatting and overcoming difficulties consistently when we have anxiety. Instead, we sit on the sidelines and watch the unfolding of events and the decisions of others shape our lives.