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Mindfulness only takes a moment – but that moment is a beautiful space to create balance, peace, and compassion. Erin Iwanusa, LCSW, CDWF, is a psychotherapist and social worker. She is the owner and founder of Taproot Therapy, LCSW, PLLC in New York City. Her practice focuses on mindfulness-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a highly experiential methodology based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown. Mindfulness is a core component to any therapeutic practice, and this podcast is designed to support your own practice, by offering mindfulness and meditation exercises, lessons in mindfulness and our mental health, as well as interviews and talks with other experts in the mental health and wellness field.

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Apr 1, 2021

For Day 2 of our challenge, we are focusing on Distress Tolerance. Distress Tolerance is one of the skill modules in DBT, and it provides tools for how to cope when we are in distressing situations. This episode explores the distress tolerance skill of distraction. We talk about the big difference between distraction (which is helpful!) and avoidance (which is not helpful!). We also talk about three ways we can effectively practice distraction techniques. Listen to the end to hear your challenge assignment for the day. And, join me tomorrow for day 3 of our DBT challenge, when we will talk about interpersonal effectiveness skills.
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