The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for PTSD

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for PTSD

Kirby Reutter

This pragmatic workbook offers evidence-based skills grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help you find lasting relief from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you’ve experienced trauma, you should know that there is nothing wrong with you. Trauma is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Sometimes, the symptoms of trauma persist long after the traumatic situation has ceased. This is what we call PTSD—in other words, the “trauma after the trauma.” This happens when the aftereffects of trauma—such anxiety, depression, anger, fear, insomnia, and even addiction—end up causing more ongoing harm than the trauma itself. So, how can you start healing?

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This pragmatic workbook offers evidence-based skills grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help you find lasting relief from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you’ve experienced trauma, you should know that there is nothing wrong with you. Trauma is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Sometimes, the symptoms of trauma persist long after the traumatic situation has ceased. This is what we call PTSD—in other words, the “trauma after the trauma.” This happens when the aftereffects of trauma—such anxiety, depression, anger, fear, insomnia, and even addiction—end up causing more ongoing harm than the trauma itself. So, how can you start healing?

With this powerful and proven-effective workbook, you’ll find practical exercises for overcoming trauma using mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. You’ll learn how to be present in the moment and identity the things that trigger your trauma. You’ll also find activities and exercises to help you cope with stress, manage intense emotions, navigate conflict with others, and change unhealthy thought patterns that keep you stuck. Finally, you’ll find practical materials for review and closure, so you can take what you’ve learned out into the world with you.

If you’re ready to move past your trauma and start living your life again, this workbook will help guide you, one step at a time. The practical interventions in this guide can be used on their own or in conjunction with therapy.

Details
Item DBTSWP
ISBN# 9781684032648
Pages 240
Cover softback
Year 2019

Authors

Kirby Reutter, PhD, is a bilingual licensed psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, and internationally certified substance abuse counselor. Reutter has widely presented his unique approaches to psychotherapy throughout the nation, including one TEDx talk and three trainings for the US military. In addition, Reutter has conducted international research on spiritual coping, the results of which have been published by three different sources and personally presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. Reutter was named a New England Scholar in 2002, as well as Northcentral University’s Alumni of the Year in 2018 for his work with trauma treatment, including survivors of human trafficking. Reutter currently contracts with the US Department of Homeland Security.

Contents

Foreword

Introduction: Losing Your Balance: The Effects of Trauma

The Therapeutic Approach Used in This Book

What You Will Learn

1. Restoring Balance with Mindfulness

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

The Effects of Trauma

What is Mindfulness?

Practicing Mindfulness

Three Minds

Using Your Balanced Mind to Meet Your Needs

Using The Balanced Mind to Meet Your Goals

The Last Word

2. Restoring Balance with Awareness, Acceptance, Action

Fields of Awareness

Stages of Acceptance

Levels of Action

Overcoming Blind Spots

The Last Word

3. Restoring Balance with Better Coping

Fight, Flight, Freeze

Extreme Acceptance

The Coping Pantheon

The Last Word

4. Restoring Balance with Thoughts

What’s Your TEA?

Stomping the ANTs

Working the TOM

The Balancing Act

The Last Word

5. Restoring Balance with Emotions

Sow Your SEEDS

Weed the Myths

Check the Soil

Acting Opposite

Troubleshooting

Fertilize with ABCs

The Last Word

6. Restoring Balance with Relationships

Relationship Styles

How to Assert with DEAR Adult

How to Appreciate and Apologize with DEAR Adult

Learning the Love Languages

Ending the Drama Cycle

The Last Word

7. Keeping Your Balance with Growth, Healing, and Maintenance

The Diary Card

Pattern Wheel

DEAR Self

The Last, Last Word

Acknowledgements

References

Excerpts

Trauma affects different people in different ways. But there’s one thing trauma always does: It throws you off balance. In fact, the effects of trauma can leave you feeling so out of sync that you may wonder if anyone understands you – including yourself!

But you are not alone. Every year millions of people experience the effects of trauma. They feel as if their lives have been shattered. But here’s the good news: Both modern science and ancient wisdom can help us not only restore our balance but also create a beautiful new mosaic out of the shattered pieces.

Trauma, by definition, is an extreme situation that forces us to react in extreme ways. Trauma drives us to respond in ways that are different from our normal way of doing things. And that’s precisely why we feel so “off” during and following a traumatic event.

Sometimes the symptoms of trauma last long after the traumatic situation has ended. This is what psychologists call post-traumatic stress disorder – in other words, the “trauma after the trauma.” This happens when the aftermath of the trauma ends up causing even more ongoing problems than the original trauma itself.

Reviews

“This workbook has extremely well-thought-out organization and techniques to follow, which allows those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to use this workbook for self-help or with a therapist. It is a workbook that truly guides the PTSD sufferer toward healing, rather than mainly a study guide that teaches the reader only information. These workbook exercises are clear, easy to understand, and easy to apply.”

—Harriet Farney, PhD, education management consultant

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