The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

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Overview

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.com. 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245136
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 17,517
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He is coauthor of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Thoughts and Feelings, Messages, Self-Esteem, and others. His books combined have sold more than 2 million copies. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, anger, and depression.

Jeffrey C. Wood, PsyD, lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He specializes in cognitive behavioral treatments for depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as assertiveness and life-skills coaching. He can be reached at www.drjeffreywood.com. He is author of Getting Help.

Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is a consulting associate in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and the founder and director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He has represented the Duke MBSR program in numerous radio, television and print interviews. He is the bestselling author of Calming Your Anxious Mind and coauthor of Five Good Minutes: 100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm and Focused All Day Long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    WOW! A breakthrough in DBT workbooks

    This is one of the best DBT workbooks with great, easy to follow exercises that REALLY help. Even better if you can work with a therapist specialized in DBT. The book is very easy to follow and well written.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Great book with helpful exercises

    This book really helped me. It has lots of helpful exercises that help me calm down and improve my relationships. My doctor says I struggle with borderline personality disorder. Sometimes I need help with my emotions.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2009

    DBT Skills at its Best

    I love this book. As a therapist I find I comeback to this book time and time again. I love DBT,and use it frequently in helping client's build on skills. Marsha Linehan's material for me at times can be difficult to understand and help client's apply at times, especially without someone reviewing the material step by step. This book is so easy to read, and understand that my client's have no difficulty in understanding the material.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2009

    Great basic DBT skills book- self-help more than professional focus

    This book is written in a way that is easy to understand and allows individuals with various psychological concerns access to the skills of DBT. I bought the book mainly for clinical use and find the wording of the workbook to be more self-help focused. Nonetheless, I have been able to read and incorporate principles from the book with clients. A few have bought it to use and read while at home.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    How to use on nook

    The parts of the book requiring a checklist, I highlight instead of checking. The parts needing to be written I will use word to type a ongoing journal on my nook. The word document can be purchased in the nook app store.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    A good practical guide for helping patients cope with negative thought processes

    This book can be helpful as an adjunct to comprehensive CBT or DBT therapy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Good book

    I like this book and its very helpful for me. I only wish I'd think better about buying it for the nook. I can write my notes but reviewing them is a pain...I should've get the hardcopy. I love my nook but some things are meant to be done the old way: pen and paper, this is one of them. Sighs! About the book in general, I think its a must for anybody that is engage in DBT.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    I'm confused.

    I already have this workbook at home; however, my question is how you can use a workbook without being able to write in it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    best workbook ever

    Enjoyed reading this book. My clients find it useful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    The book is simply written and easy to understand.  I find it ve

    The book is simply written and easy to understand.  I find it very helpful as a professional and in my personal
    life.  There are a couple of odd things about the book, though.  For instance on both page 146 and 147 we are asked to
    remember "Jim and his watch".  There was never any mention of Jim and his watch in any proceeding pages.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Recommended for people who know themselves well

    Easy reading, practical and useful information and strategies for emotional and behavior regulation. Recommended as excellent frame of reference for behavior management in school settings - that's how I use this text. Full of structured and focused work projects.

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