Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions
About the Book
Parenting a teen with intense emotions can be extremely difficult. This much-needed book will give you the tools needed to help your teen regulate his or her emotions. In addition, you'll learn the skills for managing your own reactions so you can survive these difficult years and help your teen thrive.
The teen years can be daunting for any parent. But if you are the parent of a teen who lashes out or engages in troubling behavior, you may be unsure of how to respond to your child in a compassionate, constructive way. In this important book, two renowned experts in teen mental health offer you evidence-based skills for dealing with your teen's out-of-control emotions using proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Helping your teen to effectively deal with their feelings now can have a lasting, positive impact on their future. After all, honing skills for emotion regulation will act as a foundation for your teen's overall mental health. This book will help your teen gain awareness of their emotions, and offers tools to help them choose how to respond to these emotions in effective ways.
If you're at your wit's end and are looking to end the drama while keeping yourself sane in the process, this book will be your guide. It is a must-read for any parent!
Books by Pat Harvey
Books by Britt H. Rathbone
—Elizabeth Ahmann, ScD, RN, ACC, ADHD and executive functioning coach, and section editor of “Family Matters,” Pediatric Nursing
—Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC, international DBT trainer and author of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
—Jeanine A. Penzo, LICSW, coauthor of Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions, and mother of a young adult child with intense emotions and mental illness
—Julie Baron, LCSW-C, clinical social worker and coauthor of What Works with Teens
—Elizabeth Fessenden, MA, LMHC, director of dialectical behavior therapy services at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc.
—Randi Kreger, author of The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, and coauthor of Stop Walking on Eggshells and two other books
—Eat, Study, Practice DBT Group, Maryland
—Susan O, MA, parent of a twenty-two-year-old
—Kathryn Klvana, parent of a sixteen-year-old
—Lynn, parent of a young adult who has strong emotions
—Cindy A., surrounded by people who have intense emotions, including a young adult child
“This book provides powerful and critical concepts for parents and their children in distress. Through my study and practice of the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills described in this book, I developed a new and much improved way of communicating with my (now) young adult child that has transformed our relationship.”
—Stacey, parent of a young adult
“Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions is an empowering book for any parent of a teen or young adult who has emotional dysfunction. This indispensable book provides explanations, advice, tips, and solutions to similar challenges that I often face. I at once felt validated that I’m not alone and that there are other families with similar challenges. Learning that there are strategies that I can put to use to improve communication with my son gave me confidence, hope, and strength. Like any parent, I want my son to enjoy life and do the best he can. I bookmarked page after page of the different chapters and am certain I’ll return to this book often when I need a strategy to work through a crisis or a word of encouragement. Thanks to Britt Rathbone and Pat Harvey for caring about families and giving me the hope that I am not alone in this journey and I can make a difference in the life of my child.”
“This book is clear, practical, informative, and accessible, and I wish I’d been able to read it a long time ago, before I had teens—and during the teen years. And it still applies to young adults!”