Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Private Practice: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide

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Therapy into techniques professionals can integrate into their private practices. The book includes step-by-step instruction on how to use techniques such as distress tolerance, mindfulness-based practices, self-soothing exercises, and emotional regulation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608829064
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Marra, PhD, founded and directed one of the first inpatient psychiatric programs using dialectic behavior therapy as the clinical focus of treatment for every patient admitted to the facility, regardless of diagnosis. He has practical and theoretical experience in treating a wide patient population using the principles and strategies of DBT. He has been practicing clinical psychology for 25 years, first as a military psychologist in both inpatient and outpatient settings, then in civilian settings as administrator, trainer, and clinician. He is author of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Private Practice and Depressed and Anxious.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Dialectical behavior therapy : a new theoretical orientation 5
Ch. 2 Evidence for the effectiveness of DBT 17
Ch. 3 Pathogenesis : emotion regulation as a core therapeutic target 43
Ch. 4 Pathotopology : dialectic conflict as a core therapeutic target 67
Ch. 5 Dialectic psychotherapy : balancing acceptance with change 89
Ch. 6 DBT : not just for borderlines anymore 115
Ch. 7 Psychological coping skills replace escape and avoidance 177
Ch. 8 Conducting DBT in private practice 217
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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Really Great Much of the Way, but Well off the Mark in a Significant Way

    Unlike Dimeff's and Koerner's slightly later =DBT in Clinical Practice=, which is a scholarly collection of professional articles from numerous specialists in specific end uses of DBT, this is the work of a single clinician who endorses a narrow point of view.

    Marra is clearly so rooted in the Gestaltist views of the mindfulness meditation crowd that he almost wholly rejects the cognitive-behavioral platform that is one of the bedrocks of Linehan's groundbreaking and direction-changing (if arduous, especially for less educated readers) =CBT of BPD= (1993).

    The reader who is not well-grounded in Linehan is likely to come away with the notion that affect-processing is "everything," and that identification, examination, questioning and revision of the inaccurate beliefs, values, ideals and/or convictions that cause painful affects in response to environmental triggers is minor or even inconsequential.

    I can tell you this after some years of using DBT with substance- and process-behavior abusers: We could process affects until we're purple. If the cognitive platforms are not examined and revised, recidivism is reliably the result.

    Otherwise, there =is= a lot of excellent information in DBT in PP, and the book =is= likely to be valuable for clinicians. Marra's explanations of various facets of DBT are accessible and useful. That said, if it's an either-or choice between this and Dimeff and Koerner (which I hope it isn't), I'd go with the other book.

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