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About Sheri Van Dijk
Sheri is also an international speaker, leading workshops in which mental health clinicians learn how to use DBT to treat a variety of mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
Sheri practices in Ontario, Canada. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, including her dogs, Tess and Oliver. She also loves to travel, scuba dive, and read - some of her favorite authors include Stephanie Meyer, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Kelly Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Jeffery Deaver and Jonathan Kellerman.
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• Let go of unwanted worries and fears
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Put an end to self-harming behaviors—once and for all.
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