- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger; 1 edition (July 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572245131
- ISBN-13: 978-1572245136
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,779 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical Dbt Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Paperback – July 1 2007
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-Kate Northcott, MA, MFT, is a DBT therapist in private practice with Mindfulness Therapy Associates and is director of New Perspectives Center for Counseling, a non-profit counseling center, in San Francisco, CA
From the Back Cover
A Clear and Effective Approach to Learning DBT Skills
First developed for treating borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has proven effective as treatment for a range of other mental health problems, especially for those characterized by overwhelming emotions. Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. In order to make use of these techniques, you need to build skills in four key areas-distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, a collaborative effort from three esteemed authors, offers straightforward, step-by-step exercises for learning these concepts and putting them to work for real and lasting change. Start by working on the introductory exercises and, after making progress, move on to the advanced-skills chapters. Whether you are a professional or a general reader, whether you use this book to support work done in therapy or as the basis for self-help, you'll benefit from this clear and practical guide to better managing your emotions.
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Then, I found this book and read a lot of positive comments about it. I decided to give it a try... and certainly don't regret it now!
From the very beginning, I felt understood by the authors. Everything is just so clear and easy to understand. This is truly a step-by-step guide to take you from beginner to master in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I've only gone through the first chapter out of 10, and I already see positive results.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a hard time dealing with emotions and who have a real desire to change. The only secret to make this book as effective as it is meant to be is to simply take your time and make sure you have practiced and mastered as many skills as possible in the "basic skills" chapters before going for the "advanced skills" ones.
And to anyone who reads this comment: there's is hope. All it takes is a lot of courage, and miracles will happen.
My favorite parts in this workbook were the exercises on observing your emotions, especially in representing these emotions with metaphors. This mindfulness technique helped me understand some deep, dark things inside. The metaphor-making activities were illuminating and insightful.
In addition, the many case examples made the abstract concepts more understandable, as well as more convincing.
I also appreciated the long lists of possible ideas for self-soothing, which are very helpful if you have no idea how to handle powerful, wildfire emotions.
Lastly, I liked how the language was clear, simple, and emotional.
I also personally hope for the best as real good professional help is virtually impossible to find. So we do what we can with the tools we can find.
Top international reviews
This book begins by tackling how to handle overwhelming emotions before it dives into the deeper issues, which I found was a really great approach. After all, if my house is on fire, I'm going to need to put the fire out before I look for the match that started the fire! Unfortunately, every professional counsellor takes the opposite approach and to be honest, it really wasn't working for me and made me worse. Now that I've been working through this book, it's given me some of the tools I need to cope with my bad days so that I can have less of them and work through what's causing the problem on the good days.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is having difficulty coping with overwhelming feelings, especially if you have some delays in seeing a healthcare professional, or finding the right one for you.
Working from easier to harder techniques, it very much considers what is manageable for sufferers at each stage; no high pressure or overwhelming tasks!
Easy to understand for any reader, I don't know why patients aren't recommended this by professionals while awaiting therapy. I bought another book alongside this and this is definitely the one which is easier to understand and follow.