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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]

Matthew McKay , Jeffrey C. Wood , Jeffrey Brantley
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July 1, 2007 1572245131 978-1572245136 1st

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.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

Find more help online at CBT Self-Help Therapy offers web-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and emotion dysregulation based on the book The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook. This interactive program can be used by clients working on their own, or their therapists can monitor their work on the secure server. Other modules in CBT Self-Help Therapy offer treatment for stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.

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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.

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 (283 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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248 of 252 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing resource. February 13, 2008
By A.W.
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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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
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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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EASIER TO USE THAN MARSHA LINEHAN'S TRAINING MANUAL September 4, 2007
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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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real how-to guide to mastering your behavior 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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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for borderline! December 25, 2008
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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth and detailed skills training March 8, 2008
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book May 13, 2013
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Very easy to read and relate the exercises to clients, would recommend this for clinicians starting off in the field. Well written
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new DBT resource October 29, 2007
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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Published 4 days ago by Michael S. Yourkvitch
5.0 out of 5 stars very practial.
I run a DBT group and I have been able to supplement our learning with this workbook thank you/
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life
This stuff works. Much of it works immediately and just improves with practice. Really practical exercises that are easy to learn and relate too and there is a wide selection for... Read more
Published 20 days ago by J. Hanes
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to have a "mental" problem to use this workbook!
I think everyone should have alittle DBT, middle-school on up. But the hardwork comes from what you put into it!
Published 27 days ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Great price
So helpful I use it in therapy every week and it's great to look back at previous worksheets done and helpful when trying to Change thinking patterns and show coping skills
Published 1 month ago by megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Use frequently in my private practice
This is a great tool to teach and guide people into how to regulate negative emotions. My patients seem to find it very helpful and allows us to just focus on implementation of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hooked on Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love this book. It has been extremely helpful. I love the activities to work through regular triggers and issues.
Published 1 month ago by Lorie Z. Schiess
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so GREAT!!
I wish this book was made available to me a long time ago, and I thank the person that told me about it and is working on it with me because it literally is changing my life and my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I have begun using many of the techniques discussed in this book to help deal with my anxiety and panic attacks. It has been a huge help! Read more
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