DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Not one we hear too much info about since CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is the type of therapy that seems to be predominantly used in the field. When my doctor suggested that I look into it because he wanted me to try the “Mindfulness” component, I thought he wanted me to start getting down on the ground, sitting cross-legged, meditating, and saying “OMMMMM” like a mini Buddha statute. He chuckled and said that Mindfulness was NOT meditation. It was A FORM of meditation, but was not requiring me to convert to Buddhism or get started saying “OMMMM.”
So, I left his office on my quest to find out some info on Mindfulness and in my inbox that day was an email from a publisher wanting to send me a book on DBT for me to read and review on the site. What a coincidence. I told her about my doctors recommendations and the next day I had the book in my hands and was reading away!
The book is targeted to therapists who are wanting to introduce DBT into their practice as a therapy method, so it provides an overview of the theories and then discusses all the components of DBT. It provides worksheets and suggestions on how to work with the clients in implementing DBT to their therapy regime. The book also suggests that the therapist learn the techniques and practice them themselves so they have first hand experience and can work more effectively with their clients.
NOW, HOW DOES THE BIPOLAR HOT MESS DO HER REVIEW ON THIS BOOK??!!!!
Well, she reads the book, learns the components of DBT and implements it into her own life, AND THEN, uses the book as a therapist would and tries to teach someone else DBT, using the steps the book sets out.
REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR, A pDOC, A THERAPIST, PSYCHOLOGIST or anyone or anything like that. I have no license to practice anything, so the videos I have done just provide the info I have gotten from the book, and my own personal knowledge, and my personal interpretations of that. SO, DO NOT go against anything that your doctor has recommended or their advice. What I’m giving is purely informational in nature.
That said, here are the links to the YouTube videos where I discuss the book and the implementation of what I have learned, as well as the progress with teaching someone else DBT. I will also be posting copies of the worksheets here as I go over them in the videos!
Part 6 – THE EXERCISES!!! FINALLY!!!! LOL! 🙂 *throws glitter*
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Here is the link to the worksheets I reference in the videos so you can print them out and use them in your own DBT work! 🙂