Creating a Life Worth Living

By Wendy Douglas, LCSW, MSPH
DBT Program in Los Angeles

DBT espouses the idea that taking steps towards creating a “Life Worth Living” helps us to feel better and reach our desired goals.  Everyone’s life worth living goals are different. So the questions is, what would make your life worth living? And what do you have to do to get it?  Vague notions like “I want to be happy,” are hard to attain.  So be specific and concrete and ask your self, what do I want?  Is it partnership?  A job as a writer?  Do you want to fly a plane?  Travel?  Own a dog?  Don’t be afraid to think big!  Once you have identified your Life Worth Living Goals, then you can figure out what it might take to get these things.  I know in the beginning, taking steps towards these things can be daunting, but don’t worry, you are not alone.  Working with a DBT Therapist will help you identify manageable goals.  You may also need to work on eliminating the behaviors or things that stand in your way! Over time you will start to feel better and more optimistic about the future and your prospects.  Just think adding steps toward your goals, in concert with eliminating harmful behaviors really puts the wind behind your sails.  And DBT can help you do that!

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If you are someone who is highly sensitive and struggles with emotion regulation, this group might be a good fit.  Also, if you have frequent interpersonal conflicts or simply want to be better at managing your relationships, DBT would be very helpful.

Wendy Douglas, LCSW, MSPH

Wendy Douglas, LCSW, MSPH

Wendy Douglas, LCSW, MSPH has been practicing DBT for 14 years. She was intensively trained in DBT at Harbor UCLA in 2006 while she worked at L.A. County's Edelman Westside Mental Health Clinic providing DBT services for more than seven years. She completed her Advanced DBT Training under Shari Manning and Kate Comtois in 2017. She holds a Master of Social Work from UCLA and a Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans. Wendy founded San Fernando Valley DBT in 2012. She currently has private practice locations in Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Woodland Hills where she specializes in seeing teens and adults with emotion regulation disorders. Wendy is also a certified Anger Management Therapist. She currently sits on a DBT Team with a number of other experienced therapists and offers DBT trainings for therapists all over L.A.
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