Jefferson Oaks News & Updates

Distress Tolerance in Everyday Life

July 11, 2018
Distress Tolerance in Everyday Life Stress is an important and complex part of our experience as human beings.  Some stress can be beneficial as a motivator (eustress) and some stress can be harmful to our minds and bodies (distress). When life pushes us too far and we become distressed, the...

Emerging Adulthood: The Transition from Adolescence to Early Adulthood

April 15, 2018
For many young people, graduating from high school is considered to be a significant milestone. This transition often symbolizes transformation from child to adult and signifies the time for making adult choices. According to Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, adolescents (ages 14-18)...

The Role of Motivational Interviewing in Treating Substance Use Disorders at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health

March 5, 2018
Mustering the courage to seek help for an addiction or a co-occurring disorder is difficult, and the fear of having control taken away can be a barrier to participation in treatment. For this reason, utilizing a gentle, non-direct approach at the initial stages of assessment and treatment is...

A Wish for Wellness & A Wish for a Good Life- A Letter to the New Year

December 21, 2017
In my work as a therapist and program manager for Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, I often work with clients on a task I developed called, “letter to the new year.” There are many parts of this exercise but the focus is on hope and a plan for a good life in the coming year. This time of year...

Expressing Yourself Through Emotions

December 15, 2017
Emotions-we all know what they are, yet, for each of us, a different feeling may come to mind. Some may think of “warm and fuzzy” feelings that make us happy, others may consider their lack of emotion, while some may reflect on the sadness or anger that they do not know how to express. As a...
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