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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & ... Tolerance (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) Paperback – July 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1572245136 ISBN-10: 1572245131 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245136
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The individual struggling with overwhelming emotions and DBT therapists will benefit significantly from this workbook. McKay, Wood and Brantley have expanded and translated DBT Skills, making Linehan's iconic work on emotional skill building even more accessible and easy to apply to everyday life."
—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 Publisher

By a distinguished team of authors, this workbook offers readers unprecedented access to the core skills of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), formerly available only through complicated professional books and a small handful of topical workbooks. These straightforward, step-by-step exercises will bring DBT core skills to thousands who need it.

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A very helpful book and easy to read.
Leni Cowling
The ideas and practical exercises are easy to understand and easy to apply to daily life.
Benjamin J. Vincent
A practical skills book that can accompany Marsha Linehan's DBT skills book.
A. Nguyen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

254 of 258 people found the following review helpful By A.W. on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of self-help, pop-psych books targeted at dealing with strong emotions. Most of them seemed true & helpful at the time I was reading them, but fell apart when I tried applying them to life. This book is not only easy to use while you are using it, but it is easy to recall later in the day, or the week, or even a few months later, and easy to use the techniques. I even find myself suggesting techniques to friends who share emotionally-distressing situations with me. Later, my friends report that it was some of the best advice they've gotten.

I also have Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook), which seems to be the same general idea, but didn't seem to be as helpful for me. I just wish that therapists trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy were more widespread and easier to find. Highly recommended book for anyone who is working on dealing with overwhelming emotions.
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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Carla Blair on August 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up the DBT workbook to learn how to help a good friend who suffers from bi-polar disorder. It improved our interactions with each other, and in working through the exercises I discovered practical ways to thwart depression and manage my own emotions. This book's for anyone who suffers from depression, anger, anxiety or just wants to have a little more control over their emotions.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Gail K. Kroll on September 4, 2007
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This is an easy review of the concepts presented by DBT founder Marsha Linehan. I am reviewing it with my psychologist and he is helping me to understand her phenominal new ways of living and being at peace with the daily distressors in life. Great workbook to have to heal yourself of mental and regular day to day stressors.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Full-contact Mom on January 13, 2010
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At first I cringed when I started reading this book, feeling like it would be another self-help questionnaire book that makes me feel good by doing little writing assignments, but doesn't really move me forward. But this book, combined with regular counseling, helped me conquer what I considered was an anger problem within 3 months. Having worked with this book, I can honestly say it is well worth the work, and I feel a much happier person today. It does require that you actually do the exercises honestly and follow up, and I contend that working with a counselor was also a crucial component. But I know of very few books that actually give you hard and fast tools to master your responses and change your own circumstances. It's too easy to say "take deep breaths" or "think of a happy place", and hundreds of advice books sell you that. With this book, I developed a new awareness of my stress, and I was able to re-train my knee-jerk responses to relax, and I respond to life better now, to the greater pleasure of my family.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By The Immigrant on December 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book for anger management at work. A lot of it doesn't speak to me as I don't think I have a lot of the issues it deals with, but it was WELL worth the money and time just for the anger management. It has really helped me keep perspective, and also be able to live with myself and remember that I'm not a horrible person when I slip up which usually just gets me more upset.

I imagine that the sections on anxiety, passivity, impulsivity, and abandonment issues would be helpful as isolated bits as well for anyone dealing with those problems. You don't need to have a formal diagnosis or be in a serious therapy program with homework and workbooks if you are self-motivated. This book is very helpful to lots of "overwhelming emotion" issues. You don't need to be having serious problems in multiple spheres of life to get something out of it. It's simple, straightforward, not that hard to do, and not tied to a lot of ridiculous speculative theory like so much psychology.

It isn't some profound book on Zen or psychology or human nature. No deep explanations, no bull, just practical cognitive and behavioral techniques that can be self-taught with very little work, that are very effective.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer Twenty on March 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
A huge amount of information presented in a systematic way. I bought two workbooks. The other by Scott Spradlin. Both have their strong points. Spradlins is simple and clear and an excellent first choice. It provides a selection of methods which would be useful to anyone. This volume has significantly more detail and much more indepth discussions. While it might be a bit overwhelming, it has so much information that it cannot help but be useful. My only complaint is that the book frequently uses examples that include self mutilation. For this reason I would not give it to anyone who has not thought of cutting as an option.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By T. Ernst on October 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book provides a valuable contribution to the psychiatric literature by translating Linehan's techniques for distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness into a clear and concise format. It can be used as both a self-help manual and a clinical reference for psychotherapists integrating DBT into their practice. It is an important addition to the growing body of manuals aimed at decreasing the psychological suffering of individuals coping with highly distressing emotions, thinking patterns, and behaviors.
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