The DBT Skills Workbook for Teen Self-Harm
Practical Tools to Help You Manage Emotions and Overcome Self-Harming Behaviors
by Sheri Van Dijk
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Pub Date 01 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2021
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
Put an end to self-harming behaviors—once and for all.
Do you cut or self-harm? Do you feel like it gives you a sense of control in a world where we so often feel helpless and powerless? Do you do it to distract from emotional pain, or just feel something other than total numbness? There’s a long list of reasons why you may self-harm. But regardless of the reason or the method, the truth is that self-harm is a destructive—and potentially deadly—way to deal with emotional pain. Fortunately, there are better and safer ways to manage your emotions.
In The DBT Skills Workbook for Teen Self-Harm, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) expert Sheri Van Dijk offers powerful skills to help you manage your emotions, so you won’t have to rely on self-destructive behaviors. Whether you’re actively engaging in self-harm by injuring your body, or participating in other self-harming behaviors such as substance abuse or disordered eating, this workbook will help you create your own action plan for change.
This workbook will guide you through four essential DBT skills:
Mindfulness shows you how to experience emotion without having to act on it
Distress tolerance teaches you how to deal with the urge to self-harm
Emotional regulation allows you to understand and control painful feelings
Interpersonal effectiveness helps you build self-respect and minimize feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
Life can be painful, but you don’t need to face this pain all on your own. With support, and the skills outlined in this workbook, you’ll gain the tools you need to manage difficult thoughts and feelings in safer, healthier ways.
“I highly recommend this book for all teachers and parents to read. I have been teaching for more than thirty years and cutting is one of the biggest problems among teens. I’ve seen many of my students struggle with this disorder. The problem is I haven’t found a reliable form of therapy for this disorder. Luckily, this book will help. It is based on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, and provides solutions and easy-to-follow strategies for those with self-harming tendencies.”
—Jackson Yee, MA, middle school teacher
“Inflicting physical pain to release emotional pain can have debilitating effects on a teen’s life. With unparalleled expertise in DBT, Sheri gives you an easy-to-follow guide that enables readers to assess problematic coping patterns, and challenge self-harming behaviors in meaningful and lasting ways. Detailed examples validate personal experiences and demonstrate how to implement skills to reduce suffering.”
—Shivani V. Gupta MSW, RSW, clinical director at Oakridges Therapy Centre in Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
“This warm, easy-to-understand workbook takes readers on a journey to understand why they may engage in self-harming behaviors, and teaches them healthier alternatives to manage their emotions. Sheri Van Dijk breaks down the practical strategies and skills offered in this workbook in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way. An essential tool for any teen struggling with self-harm!”
—Maggie Mullen, LCSW, culturally responsive social worker, national trainer, and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Psychosis
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