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This website is a service for people who are seeking information about DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).

This site was written primarily by PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH DBT, not DBT professionals. For this reason, consider the source of any given document. We cannot give advice, but we can talk about our experiences on our DBT journey. In this regard, I hope we can help one another.


 


If you are looking for a DBT provider in your area, you can also click here, to view resources set up before the above database.
 


If you are in a crisis, please dial 911. The website owner is legally unable to advise.
 


Site visitors,
Thank you for supporting this website for the past 11 years. Because of your input, exchange of information and donations, you are making a difference in the lives of many people.
- Lisa
 


Everyday DBT is a mix of the most requested information as well as my thoughts on ways to keep DBT alive in our day-to-day work.
 


Well Said!
Articles about DBT, Mental Health, BPD and related materials. This section represents some of my favorite internet authors whose writing is both helpful and conversational.
 


DBT Video Text is an unofficial text from videos by Marsha Linehan describing DBT skills. You can purchase the videos at this link to Behavioral Tech LLC.
 


The BPD Tool New!
A fun visual method for learning the DBT skills. The group also includes training and coaching. In this section, you’ll find a few examples from their website. Additionally, they have just published a fun and useful DBT Quick Reference Card that is free to download!
 


Diary Cards
Find a variety of Diary card formats that you can download and adapt to your needs as well as an explanation about the purpose of the cards and practical ways to use them.
 


DBT Skills (defined)
This is a brief overview of the skills. In-depth explanations will return soon.
 


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I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m working to create my first fair business tracking model for this website.  It was always my wish that that the site could be supported by donations alone. I am adapting to circumstances as we all must do. I appreciate your patience.
 


Questions and Answers
Email conversations about the many aspects of trying to use DBT skills in daily life. Some of the topics are: being effective, feeling good, invalidating environments and judgmental people.
 


11/29/16
Suffering
This is the first of a series of articles that I am writing about suffering. It is from my point of view but based on Buddhist doctrine. I will also be including references to "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz as well as DBT of course interspersed with both Christian and Pagan spirituality.  I just don't want anyone to feel left out (-:

The best description of the Buddhist perspective on suffering comes from this website: http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/dharma-quotes-quota tions-buddhist/obstacles-difficulties-problems-suffering -pain.htm. In case you don't want to read that very articulate description,  I am going to start with an informal summary of the Buddhist perspective on suffering and in the next article, I'm going to talk about how that fits into other forms of spirituality and fits perfectly with DBT. But most of the series is going to be about how I see all of that theory working in my life. I'm going to tell you about all of the most difficult issues I've been facing over the last few years and examining how I have or have not been using these concepts in my life and more importantly, if I had used them, how it might have changed difficult outcomes. I do this because it's what DBT Pros ask you to do all the time with a Behavior Chain Analysis and  because it's something I'm always doing in my life to try to learn from my mistakes to be a better person and lastly because it is the only form of self-help that this website actually offers; for you to benefit from reading about the stories and struggles of others like yourself, see how they handled it, and take away from that anything that seems useful in your own life. Extremely long sentences aside, that's pretty much what this website is. So here goes:
Click here to read more


I wrote the story of what happened when my son drowned in Hawaii. I haven’t published it on this site before because I thought a publisher was going to purchase it. But that has passed and so I’ve posted the story on the “Well Said” pages if you want to know or you can Click Here.

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I so appreciate the love and support and condolences sent to me by many of you over the passing of my son. Your thoughts and prayers have made a big difference in my life.
 


I HAVE MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION
For your records, I am now in Blaine, Minnesota. You can find details on the “Contacts” page.
 


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If you are a DBT provider and would like to sign up to be in the directory (please note the new code is TRIAL602016DBT), click here for instructions. Or, in January, if you have requested to be on the update list or have made previous email contact, you will receive an email invitation and special for becoming part of what I hope will soon be an invaluable tool to the many, many potential DBT clients who would like to participate in a DBT program or work with a DBT Therapist.
 


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Instant Mindfulness Movies
These very popular custom flash movies are aimed at helping people become more aware of the moment, calming the soul, changing mind states, or outlining the basics of a DBT skill, the following topics are currently available:
Be Mindful of Breath
Be Mindful of Feet
Be Mindful of Hands
River Rock Mindfulness
Be a Tree (the most popular!)
Radical Acceptance
Wave of Emotions
Turning the Mind
Visual Encouragement
Be a Flower
 


Connecting Skills
This section is a list of ALL THE DBT SKILLS with links to every document on this website where there is more information about the skill! It is very useful for navigating this website and improving your understanding of the skills.
 


Together we are making a difference for one another!


I recommend the following books for anyone who has BPD, their families and professionals.
Author and fellow BPD recoverer, Kiera Van Gelder has written an amazing insightful memoir called
The Buddha and the Borderline. For more information on Kiera and the book, click here.

The Facts: Borderline Personality Disorder by Roy Krawitz and Wendy Jackson was written by both a client and professional. The writing is very clear and accessible.


DBT Lessons were created by myself and other DBT participants based on our experiences of practicing the DBT skills.
 


Extras
The day-to-day stuff that works with DBT including affirmations, crisis strategies, cognitive distortions and more.
 


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Formal DBT Instruction
Please don’t be confused by the title, DBT Self Help. This site is not meant to replace formal DBT therapy. It is simply a place to find some helpful day-to-day DBT stuff. The materials here are suitable for refreshing or supplementing your DBT training.
 


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This website was last updated on 11/29/16.
 


BTW: NOAH Says HI! (-:


DBT in Spanish will soon be available on this site from the DBT course files of Rayencura Clinica in Santiago, Chile. While you’re waiting for the update, you can download them by clicking this link right here.


Elf Help
Abbey Press gave permission to reprint parts of the their Elf Help books. Their size and simplicity is deceiving. They have a lot to say despite their few words and pictures. A real joy to have on hand.
 


The fiber artwork featured in the banner was created by the site owner, Lisa Dietz. Click here to view a few more of her relevant artwork representing her struggle to overcome BPD.
 


Author Articles
The author of this website shares some personal experiences about using DBT as well as essays about dealing with suffering.
 


Flash Cards
There are several types of flash cards to help remind you of the DBT skills. Recently added are the cards I used as a participant with a way to print your own.
 


Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the brain child of Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. More of her work and information about about her ongoing presence in the DBT Community can be found at www.behavioraltech.org. The owner of this website as well as countless others owe her a debt of gratitude for her committment to people struggling with BPD.
 



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