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DBT Skills: Yes You Get To Have Fun

DBT Skills: Yes You Get To Have Fun

Welcome back to DBT land, the place where you get to do fun things and say it’s for your emotional regulation! As you’ll recall, last week we talked about building mastery, and feeling good about yourself by accomplishing new things. Well this week we have an even better skill: building positive experiences. Yes, that’s right, doing things that feel nice is an entire skill in emo... »

DBT Skills: I AM AWESOME

DBT Skills: I AM AWESOME

Welcome back to DBT skills, the part of your week where you learn evidence based ways of being in the world without it sucking a lot! Last week’s skills (PLEASE) seemed incredibly simple, but are actually some of the most necessary skills to keeping your emotions stable and awesomesauce that are out there. This week’s skill is a little more challenging but brings great rewards (like ta... »

DBT Skills: Adulting!

DBT Skills: Adulting!

This week we’re going to go over one of my absolute favorite skills in DBT because it seems so straightforward but is actually amazingly effective. If you’ll recall, last week we finished up our interpersonal effectiveness skills, which are great for building a long term support network that will provide you with the support you need when you’re feeling crappy and that will gener... »

DBT Skills: Be Excellent To Yourselves

DBT Skills: Be Excellent To Yourselves

You might recall that the last time we DBTed together we talked about calming our tits with GIVE. Today we have yet another acronym in the final skill of the Interpersonal Effectiveness module. While the last two skills have been focused on other people, today’s skill is about self-respect in relationships. One of the hardest things to do when trying to have a relationship with another perso... »

DBT Skills: The Calm Yo Tits Edition

DBT Skills: The Calm Yo Tits Edition

Sorry for the slight break in the series friends. I’ve been in the process of moving to Ireland, starting a Master’s program, deciding I hated everything about it, and then making the decision to move home again, which has taken up a bit of my time and mental energy. But we’re back now! If you’ll recall, the last post explained “DEAR MAN”, skills for how to make a request o... »

5 Inappropriate Responses to Robin Williams’ Suicide

5 Inappropriate Responses to Robin Williams’ Suicide

1. Suicide is selfish/cowardly, how could he do that to all the people who loved him? This is an extremely common reaction to any suicide, and not only is it just factually wrong that suicide is selfish or something that you do to other people, it also continues the stigma against suicide, leading to fewer people seeking treatment or opening up when they’re struggling. It is undeniable that ... »

DBT Skills: DEAR MAN

DBT Skills: DEAR MAN

We have finished the mindfulness skills of DBT! Mindfulness is woven throughout all of the other skills in DBT, as it’s helpful to be aware of what skills you need to use and to give you the space and time to use them. From here, we’re going to move into interpersonal effectiveness, which is really just skills that are helpful when dealing with other people. These are incredibly practi... »

DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness

DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness

So we’ve covered the elements of mindfulness in DBT, but what’s the point? Doesn’t this all just sound like spiritual woo woo? What is this whole “being present” business and why should we want to do it? There are a number of things that are quite helpful about practicing mindfulness that are incredibly practical, evidence based, and generally have nothing to do with ... »

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