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The Skillful Podcast

Apr 19, 2023

Today’s episode focuses on the emotion of fear. At its most fundamental, fear keeps us safe. It guides us to fight, flee, or freeze in the face of danger.


Often, though, fear can be chronic, manifesting as anxiety, worry, or tension even when we are safe. This episode helps you identify fear in all its...

Mar 31, 2023

In this episode, Marielle and Ed discuss the emotion of anger. In its most useful form, anger moves us to protect and defend ourselves and those we care about.


Many people, though, find anger frightening because they have witnessed destructive expressions of anger such as emotional or physical violence. This...

Feb 23, 2023

When we find ourselves getting caught in extremes, the DBT skill called Walking the Middle Path helps us re-calibrate.


Use this skill when you notice you are caught in binary thinking to find a way to move towards center. This episode explores common opposites:


Reasonable Mind vs. Emotion Mind

Doing Mind vs....

Jan 27, 2023

This episode is an overview of the core Interpersonal Effectiveness skills in DBT, focusing on clarifying objectives, DEAR MAN, GIVE, and FAST. 

There are a lot of acronyms in the Interpersonal Effectiveness module! Memorizing what each letter of the acronym stands for, especially DEAR MAN, can help you access the skill...

Aug 24, 2022

In Part 2 of How to Assert Yourself, Marielle and Ed discuss common interpersonal pitfalls in speaking up for yourself in relationships.

Do you swallow your needs and then find they all come out in a rush of words and anger?  

Vacillating between staying silent and then blowing up is common and hurts both...