The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for PTSD: Practical Exercises for Overcoming Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for PTSD: Practical Exercises for Overcoming Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


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This pragmatic workbook offers evidence-based skills grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help you find lasting relief from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you’ve experienced trauma, you should know that there is nothing wrong with you. Trauma is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Sometimes, the symptoms of trauma persist long after the traumatic situation has ceased. This is what we call PTSD—in other words, the “trauma after the trauma.” This happens when the aftereffects of trauma—such anxiety, depression, anger, fear, insomnia, and even addiction—end up causing more ongoing harm than the trauma itself. So, how can you start healing?

With this powerful and proven-effective workbook, you’ll find practical exercises for overcoming trauma using mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. You’ll learn how to be present in the moment and identity the things that trigger your trauma. You’ll also find activities and exercises to help you cope with stress, manage intense emotions, navigate conflict with others, and change unhealthy thought patterns that keep you stuck. Finally, you’ll find practical materials for review and closure, so you can take what you’ve learned out into the world with you.

If you’re ready to move past your trauma and start living your life again, this workbook will help guide you, one step at a time. The practical interventions in this guide can be used on their own or in conjunction with therapy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684032648
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 114,133
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kirby Reutter, PhD, is a bilingual licensed psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, and internationally certified substance abuse counselor. Reutter has widely presented his unique approaches to psychotherapy throughout the nation, including one TEDx talk and three trainings for the US military. In addition, Reutter has conducted international research on spiritual coping, the results of which have been published by three different sources and personally presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. Reutter was named a New England Scholar in 2002, as well as Northcentral University’s Alumni of the Year in 2018 for his work with trauma treatment, including survivors of human trafficking. Reutter currently contracts with the US Department of Homeland Security.

Foreword writer Dawn DePasquale, LMHC, is a national speaker, trainer, and media presence for mental health issues. She is also founder, CEO, and clinical director of Bell Mental Health Associates, LLC. She spends her free time writing and illustrating her first two therapeutic children’s book series, The Ninja Therapist and The Dragon Worriers, and writes for the SouthCoast Media Group’s online advice blog, “Ask Dawn.”

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Introduction: Losing Your Balance: The Effects of Trauma 1

The Therapeutic Approach Used in This Book 2

What You Will Learn 3

1 Restoring Balance with Mindfulness 4

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? 5

The Effects of Trauma 6

What Is Mindfulness? 7

Practicing Mindfulness 18

Three Minds 24

Using Your Balanced Mind to Meet Your Needs 34

Using the Balanced Mind to Make Your Goals 45

The Last Word 47

2 Restoring Balance with Awareness, Acceptance, Action 48

Fields of Awareness 49

Stages of Acceptance 52

Levels of Action 61

Overcoming Blind Spots 66

The Last Word 69

3 Restoring Balance with Better Coping 70

Fight, Flight, Freeze 71

Extreme Acceptance 74

The Coping Pantheon 83

The Last Word 105

4 Restoring Balance with Thoughts 106

What's in Your TEA? 107

Stomping the ANTs 114

Working the TOM 120

The Balancing Act 124

The Last Word 127

5 Restoring Balance with Emotions 129

Sow Your SEEDS 130

Weed the Myths 138

Check the Soil 144

Acting Opposite 148

Troubleshooting 155

Fertilize with ABCs 160

The Last Word 164

6 Restoring Balance with Relationships 165

Relationship Styles 166

How to Assert with DEAR Adult 169

How to Appreciate and Apologize with DEAR Adult 176

Learning the Love Languages 183

Ending the Drama Cycle 192

The Last Word 196

7 Keeping Your Balance with Growth, Healing, and Maintenance 197

The Diary Card 197

Pattern Wheel 201

DEAR Self 207

The Last, Last Word 219

Acknowledgments 221

References 223


Reutter resides in Bastrup, TX; DePasquale resides in Swansea, MA.

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