Originally developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, dialectical behaviour therapy, or DBT, has rapidly become one of the most popular and most effective treatments for all mental health conditions rooted in out-of-control emotions. However, there are limited resources for psychologists seeking to use DBT skills with individual clients. DBT Made Simple provides clinicians with everything they need to know to start using DBT in the therapy room. The first part briefly covers the theory and research behind DBT and explains how DBT differs from traditional cognitive behavioural therapy approaches. The second part focuses on strategies professionals can use in individual client sessions, while the third section teaches the four skills modules that form the backbone of DBT: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The book includes handouts, case examples, and example therapist-client dialogue.
"As the demand for dialectical behavior therapy increases from our clients, practitioners need to be more informed about its dynamic process and targets. This book provides both the novice and the well-informed clinician with an uncomplicated review of DBT. A must-have for any therapist, whether they are practicing DBT, or referring to others for this type of therapy." --Leanne Garfinkel, MA in clinical psychology and DBT-informed therapist
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a mental health therapist in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of a number of dialectical behaviour therapy skills books, including The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and Calming the Emotional Storm. In 2010, Sheri received the R.O. Jones Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association for her research on using DBT. For skills to treat bipolar disorder visit her online at www.sherivandijk.com.