The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook (2nd Ed.): Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and more
- Practical DBT Exercises for learning mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance
- Fully revised, and updated second edition
- Offers straightforward, step-by-step exercises for learning these concepts and putting them to work for real and lasting change
- Offers readers unprecedented access to the core skills of dialectical behavior therapy
- Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively
By Matthew McKay, Ph.D., Jeffrey C. Wood, Psy.D., and Jeffrey Brantley, MD
A clear and effective approach to learning evidence-based DBT skills—now in a fully revised and updated second edition.
First developed by Marsha M. Linehan for treating borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has proven effective as treatment for a range of other mental health problems and can greatly improve an individual’s ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. However, to make use of these techniques, clients 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 evidence-based, step-by-step exercises for learning these concepts and putting them to work for real and lasting change. Clients start by working on the introductory exercises and, after making progress, move on to the advanced-skills chapters. Mental health professionals and clients will benefit from this clear and practical guide to better managing emotions.
This fully revised and updated second edition also includes new chapters on cognitive rehearsal, distress tolerance, and self-compassion.
Paperback, 296 pages
“As a fellow dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) consumer, DBT therapist, and DBT author, I am always on the lookout for simple, practical, and effective ways of making DBT skills usable, accessible, and applicable to the average reader. In this book, you will find just that! Even after using, teaching, researching, and writing about DBT concepts for more than a decade, I now have a richer understanding of DBT 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
“For people who struggle with intense, painful emotions, this workbook is a great resource. It teaches the skills of DBT, including the newest skills, and provides examples and exercises to strengthen learning. Those who apply themselves to the program outlined in this book will acquire the skills necessary to experience strong emotions without resorting to behavior patterns that harm relationships and decrease quality of life. DBT skills, used daily as directed, change lives for the better!”
—Cedar R. Koons, LCSW, is an LBC-DBT-certified DBT therapist, a mindfulness retreat leader, an international DBT consultant, and author of The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions