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Book Reviews

Book Review: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance

Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is part of a series of pocket therapy books from New Harbinger Publishers. The book is short, the chapters are bite-sized, and it's very easy to read. The book is based on dialectical behaviour therapy, with a focus on emotional regulation.… Continue reading Book Review: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance

book cover: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley
Book Reviews

Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is a self-help workbook that covers the major skills involved in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is considered the gold standard for treating borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness isn't limited to people with BPD.  DBT is very skills-based, and… Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tina

The emerging blogger series is a way to give mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some new bloggers you may not have discovered yet. This week, we have Tina… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tina

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Assertiveness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is assertiveness. Wikipedia explains that assertiveness can be seen as falling in between passive communication styles and aggressive styles.  Assertiveness training is a type of behavioural therapy developed in the 1960s that includes increasing awareness of one's own… Continue reading What Is… Assertiveness

Mental Health

Mental Myths That Get in our Way

We tend to create a lot of rules about how we should think, feel, and act.  We may believe that there is some sort of objective truth to these rules, but the reality is they're really just mental myths.  These examples come from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: I don't deserve to get the things that I… Continue reading Mental Myths That Get in our Way

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Mental Health

Psychotherapy Alphabet Soup

Some studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a stronger predictor of therapeutic outcomes than the type of therapy used.  However, it seems logical that the type of therapy should at least to some extent match up with how you tend to conceptualize the problems you're experiencing.… Continue reading Psychotherapy Alphabet Soup

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Mental Health

Free Mental Health Workbooks

There are a lot of excellent mental health resources out there, and quite a few of them are actually free. Here are some of the good mental health workbooks and worksheets that I've come across. They're based on therapeutic approaches that have proven to be effective. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and commitment therapy… Continue reading Free Mental Health Workbooks