The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety: Breaking Free from Worry, Panic, PTSD, and Other Anxiety Symptoms

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If you have an anxiety disorder or experience anxiety symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life, you can benefit from learning four simple skills that therapists use with their clients. These easy-to-learn skills are at the heart of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a cutting-edge therapeutic approach that can help you better manage the panic attacks, worries, and fears that limit your life and keep you feeling stuck.

This book will help you learn these four powerful skills:

  • Mindfulness helps you connect with the present moment and notice passing thoughts and feelings without being ruled by them.
  • Acceptance skills foster self-compassion and a nonjudgmental stance toward your emotions and worries.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills help you assert your needs in order to build more fulfilling relationships with others.
  • Emotion regulation skills help you manage anxiety and fear before they get out of control.

    In The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety, you’ll learn how to use each of these skills to manage your anxiety, worry, and stress. By combining simple, straightforward instruction in the use of these skills with a variety of practical exercises, this workbook will help you overcome your anxiety and move forward in your life.

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    About the author

    Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, is an assistant professor and registered psychologist in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University. He is director of the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory, where he conducts research on self-harm, borderline personality disorder, emotion regulation, and impulsivity. Chapman has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and has given many national and international presentations on borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, self-harming and suicidal behavior, and impulsive behavior. In 2007, he received the Young Investigator's Award from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition, he trains students and professionals to treat clients who self-harm or borderline personality disorder. Chapman is president of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Centre of Vancouver, a center for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, self-harm, and related problems. He is coauthor of The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide.

    Kim L. Gratz, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she serves as director of personality disorders research. Gratz has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on borderline personality disorder, deliberate self-harm, and emotion regulation. Her research currently focuses on understanding the nature and consequences of emotion dysregulation and emotional avoidance among individuals who struggle with borderline personality disorder and self-harm. In addition, she has developed a brief emotion regulation group therapy for self-harm among women with borderline personality disorder. In 2005, Gratz received the Young Investigator's Award from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. She is coauthor of The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide.

    Matthew T. Tull, PhD, is assistant professor and director of anxiety disorders research in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has published numerous articles and chapters on emotion regulation and anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Dr. Keane is Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Boston VA, Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA, and President of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

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    New Harbinger Publications
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    Nov 3, 2011
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    240
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    9781572249554
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    English
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    Self-Help / Anxieties & Phobias
    Self-Help / Mood Disorders / General
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