When Perfectionism Requires Intervention

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I absolutely love helping individuals gain self-compassion. In my mind, it is the skillset that best helps us reach our goals without perfectionism. Self-compassion tends to be a very misunderstood concept such that many people believe that self-compassion means letting ourselves off the hook and making excuses for our own behavior. Quite the contrary, self-compassion is, in part, about grappling with our mistakes and flaws in a very direct, aware way. …It seems that self-compassion provides a safe internal environment to aim high, fail well, and trouble-shoot for next time.

Kathryn Byars, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of the Triangle Area Psychology Clinic also know as the TAP Clinic. Dr. Byars' has vast training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), but she is most passionate about working with individuals struggling with perfectionism and shame. Check out her bio for more information about Dr. Byars' expertise.

Resources:

TAP Clinic's Self-Compassion Informed Therapies: https://www.tapclinicnc.com/self-compassion-informed-therapies

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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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