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 was very, very confused. I had no idea what any of those terms meant. When he then went on to describe that Mindfulness is a form of breathing and concentrating, 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 completely meditation. It was A FORM of meditation that did not include having me convert to Buddhism or get started saying “OMMMM.”
So, I left his office on my quest to find out some info on Mindfulness and ironically and much to my surprise I found in my inbox that day was an email from New Harbinger Publishers (the mental health publishers that send me books to read and then review on my website) asking me if they could send me a book on DBT for me to read and review for the website. What a coincidence. I emailed her back right away and told her about my doctor’s recommendations and the next day I had the book in my hands and was reading away!
This book , DBT Made Simple, is written with therapists who are wanting to introduce DBT into their practice as a therapy method as their audience. It provides an overview of the theories and then discusses all the components of DBT. It also provides worksheets the therapists can use and suggestions on how to work with their clients in implementing DBT to their therapy regime. The book also suggests that the therapist learn the techniques and practice them as part of their own personal regime to help them teach their clients by having first hand experience and can work more effectively with their clients.
HOW DOES THE BIPOLAR HOT MESS DO HER REVIEW ON THIS BOOK SINCE SHE IS NOT A LICENSED THERAPIST??!!!!
Well, she read the book, learned the components of DBT and implemented it into her own life. THEN, found a friend, and guinea pig, and INFORMALLY used the book as a therapist would and tried to teach this someone DBT, using the steps the book sets out.
REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR, A pDOC, A THERAPIST, PSYCHOLOGIST 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!
HAPPY VIEWING! You can also view them on the Bipolar Hot Mess You Tube Channel through this link
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! 🙂