Therapy Talks

Breaking Patterns: Overcoming Process Addictions and Finding Balance

August 22, 2023 Switch Research Season 1 Episode 73
Therapy Talks
Breaking Patterns: Overcoming Process Addictions and Finding Balance
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In this captivating conversation, Dr. Holly imparts her insights on guiding individuals through the complexities of workplace challenges and coping mechanisms. As the founder of Life First Therapy, a private practice dedicated to fostering personal growth, Dr. Holly specializes in addressing behaviors associated with process addictions and behavioral disorders. These process addictions entail intricate issues like gambling, excessive internet use, sexual behaviors, pornography consumption, shopping, and compulsive exercising—subjects that are often overlooked but hold significant importance.

Discover Dr. Holly's powerful therapeutic techniques, including motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and narrative therapy. Uncover how DBT aids in emotional regulation, replacing harmful behaviors with healthier alternatives. Dive into the world of social media and online shopping—facets of modern life that often amplify triggers for process addictions.

In This Episode:

  • Learn about process addictions, such as gambling, internet use, and shopping, and how they can be as challenging to identify as substance addictions.
  • Uncover effective therapeutic techniques like motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and narrative therapy.
  • Gain valuable insights into how individuals resist confronting uncomfortable emotions and engage in addictive behaviors to avoid discomfort.
  • Delve into the impact of social media and online shopping on process addictions. 
  • Discover the power of mindfulness activities, journaling, and self-care as initial steps for those not ready for therapy.

Dr. Holly is a dedicated Black female therapist, adept at aiding professional Black women in maneuvering workplace microaggressions while avoiding detrimental coping mechanisms such as behavioral addictions and substances. She holds the titles of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in both PA and NJ, National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). Moreover, she holds the designation of Department of Transportation (DOT) Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and boasts a role as an internationally recognized mental health speaker and author. Having excelled across diverse settings including residential, outpatient, and methadone facilities, she has served as a Clinical Director and therapist.

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