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The Skillful Podcast

Feb 1, 2024

Are you a therapist who wants the experience of being in a DBT skills group yourself? Are you curious about how the skills can help YOU?


Marielle and Ed are starting a new skills group designed specifically for therapists to learn the skills together in a supportive online environment. We are excited to offer...

Jan 17, 2024

What DBT skill do you use when your emotion fits the facts? One option is to work on changing the facts. The skill of Problem Solving offers a structured framework to help you change situations that cause painful emotions.


Problem Solving begins, like many of the Emotion Regulation skills in DBT, by naming...

Dec 14, 2023

Today’s episode discusses the DBT skill of Willingness.


Willingness is one of the reality acceptance skills that we teach in Distress Tolerance. This skill can help you let go of fighting what is so you can do what’s needed in each situation - without dragging your feet or holding onto a grudge.


One way...

Nov 29, 2023

Once you have grasp of the DEAR MAN skill, you might find yourself getting stuck when you try to use it in difficult interactions. Maybe the other person pushes back, tries to change the subject, or refuses to engage fairly.


While we can’t force anyone to do anything, we can continue to use our skills to stay...

Jul 7, 2023

Once you have a grasp of the change-oriented skills in DBT (such as Check the Facts, Opposite Action, and Problem Solving) it can be hard to figure out which one to use.


This episode walks you through deciding if and when to act on an unwanted emotion.

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