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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

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




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ISBN: 9781572245136
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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.


Matthew McKay (Author)
Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem,... Read more

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Jeffrey C. Wood (Author)
Jeffrey C. Wood, PsyD, lives and works in Las Vegas, NV. He specializes in brief therapy treatments for depression, anxiety, and trauma. He also provides coaching for spiritual development, communication skills development, and life-skills coaching... Read more

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Jeffrey Brantley (Author)
Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is a consulting associate in the Duke department of psychiatry, and founder and director of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at Duke University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He has represented the Duke... Read more

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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

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Average: 3.9 (7 votes)
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I got this book with hopes that it might help my daughter with Borderline Personality Disorder, but when I read the section on toxic relationships, I was completely shocked. I had to go back and read it three times to believe it actually said what it said - "The best solution is to get away from these folks. They're not going to change". My daughter struggles with overwhelming guilt, as do many with BPD. Reading statements like this many places online cemented her belief that she is toxic and can never change. Realizing that so many people feel this way began her downward spiral. I hoped that something created for people with BPD would not promote this attitude. Isn't this book intended to help people change their behavior? I don't understand and am so sad and disappointed. I have even less hope now that we will ever find true help without such harsh judgement.
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HI, I registered this workbook a few years. today is the first time I attempted to access the worksheet, to no avail. The ISBN is correct. Would you possible know why it won't me to print worksheets even though it's registered? Warmly, Maureen Flynn Brown
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Easy to follow for anyone who is or is not familiar with Dnt or Mindfulness. Great self help workbook!
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Great workbook for people with borderline personality disorder. I have been using the book for many years and have recommended it to others with similar problems. ...I was confused by the comment above from Christelle Mahoney titled "Disappointed," so I went back to my well-worn workbook to find the passage she was referring to. The passage is on page 196, in the Basic Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills chapter and it refers to people with borderline personality disorder avoiding OTHER people who are toxic. It does NOT instruct people and family members to avoid persons with borderline personality disorder, LOL!!! I think Christelle Mahoney was very confused. The passage is teaching people like me how to form healthier relationships, and the authors point out that if you are surrounded with people who are toxic, sometimes it's better to just avoid them. People with BPD often have trouble with relationships in general. So why surround ourselves with toxic relationships??? The authors are NOT saying that people and family members should avoid people with borderline personality disorder.
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I'd love access to all the worksheets and activities throughout the book. I bought the digital copy to go along with my physical copy as a way to try and have access to the worksheets and activities to fill in multiple times, but this hasn't really improved my access. My actual copy in torn apart from using a scanner to get copies of some of the activities. So, it would great if the worksheets (and as many of the activities as possible) were available easily in a printable format for reuse.