Distress Tolerance Made Easy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Dealing with Intense Emotions in Difficult Times
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Based in proven-effective DBT, a take-anywhere guide to help you balance emotions and stay cool—even when life feels intense.
No matter how #blessed you are, sometimes life can feel downright overwhelming. Whether it’s a breakup or divorce, the loss of a job, or even a global pandemic, you may need a little extra help managing the difficult emotions that can arise when things are not going so great. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a proven-effective and evidence-based treatment that can help you find balance and improve your ability to handle adversity without losing control and acting destructively.
This potent and portable guide focuses on one of the core skills of DBT: distress tolerance. With this book, you’ll learn that you are strong enough to weather life’s storms. You can handle whatever stress or setback life throws your way. And you can face your own difficult thoughts and feelings head on—without avoidance, anger, or despair.
Life happens. But you don’t have to get pulled under. With Distress Tolerance Made Easy, you’ll learn tons of tips and tricks to help you keep your cool—even when those emotional triggers strike. Why not keep a copy on your nightstand, in your glove box, or on your work desk? You never know when you’ll need it!
“As a fellow dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) therapist, author, and trainer, I am always on the lookout for simple, practical, and effective ways of making DBT skills accessible to the average reader. In this book, you will find just that! Even after using, teaching, and writing about DBT concepts for more than a decade, I now have a richer understanding of distress tolerance that I am excited to try on myself—and share with others!”
—Kirby Reutter, PhD, bilingual clinical psychologist with the department of homeland security, and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for PTSD
~Kirby Reutter, PhD
“For those looking for practical and accessible distress tolerance skills, this book is for you. Distress Tolerance Made Easy compiles a list of simple and must-have coping strategies to add to your repertoire. With guidance and scripts, this book will lead you to finding the skills that suit you best during moments of distress. You’re guaranteed to walk away with several tools to help you face strong emotions.”
—Dylan Zambrano, MSW, founder of DBT Virtual, and author of The DBT Skills Daily Journal
~Dylan Zambrano, MSW
“People who struggle with intense emotions and self-destructive behavior will benefit from the information in this book. The authors have done an excellent job of teaching skills that are simple, clear, accessible, and true to DBT. Valuable for adults and adolescents!”
—Cedar Koons, LCSW, author of The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions
~Cedar Koons, LCSW
“Distress Tolerance Made Easy is an excellent resource for anyone wanting an in-depth look at some of the most valuable skills DBT has to offer. This book offers readers a deeper understanding of what our emotions do for us, and what it means to ride the wave of your emotions without letting them overtake you. These vitally important skills are offered in a way that is compassionate, and easy to understand and practice.”
—Emma Lauer, LCSW, author of DBT Skills for Highly Sensitive People
~Emma Lauer, LCSW
“A much-needed, valuable guide to making sense of distress—and responding more effectively to it. This empowering resource will help you decide when to act on emotions, work through them to prioritize meaningful action, or practice self-compassionate acceptance.”
—Joel Minden, PhD, clinical psychologist, and author of Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss
~Joel Minden, PhD