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The Skillful Podcast explores skills and concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) to help listeners reduce emotional suffering, improve their relationships and create the life they want.

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The Skillful Podcast explores skills and concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) to help listeners reduce emotional suffering, improve their relationships and create the life they want.

    #40: Overcoming Procrastination

    #40: Overcoming Procrastination

    Today’s episode is a response to a listener question about procrastinating making progress towards life goals. Marielle and Ed explore the emotions that underlie urges to put off doing what needs to get done. For some people, procrastination is a habitual response, no matter what the task. For other people, procrastination is a response to specific unpleasant tasks. Either way, procrastination often leads to feelings of shame and low self-worth.  

    Procrastination also can create secondary problems, meaning that not taking care of a task or problem often leads to new problems. Marielle and Ed discuss skills to help you change this common and challenging cycle.

    DBT Skills Discussed
    Opposite Action
    Check the Facts
    Mindfulness of Current Thoughts
    Self-soothing
    Build Mastery 
    Radical Acceptance
    For full show notes, visit our website.

    Ask us a Question We’d love to hear from you! Where are you getting stuck with your skills application? Ask us a question for the chance to have it answered on the podcast. Submit your question here. 
    Please note that questions, and this podcast in general, are not a substitute for individual mental health treatment.

    • 33 min
    #39: Getting Unstuck with Greg Bodin, MFT

    #39: Getting Unstuck with Greg Bodin, MFT

    Today, Marielle interviews Greg Bodin, MFT, a therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area who practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT.  Greg specializes in anxiety, trauma, men’s sex issues, and is also a certified EMDR therapist. 
    ACT and DBT have a lot in common. One of the core tenets of ACT is learning to accept where your life is right now and committing to making changes so that your life reflects what matters to you. It’s both a therapy approach and a way of understanding how humans behave, how they get stuck, and how to get unstuck.
    For more, including full show notes, visit our website. 
    Ask us a Question We’d love to hear from you! Where are you getting stuck with your skills application? Ask us a question for the chance to have it answered on the podcast. Submit your question here. 
    Please note that questions, and this podcast in general, are not a substitute for individual mental health treatment.

    • 42 min
    #38: What the Heck is Dialectics? 

    #38: What the Heck is Dialectics? 

    Today, Marielle and Ed discuss the D in DBT: Dialectics. Dialectics helps us remember that two seemingly opposing forces can both be true, change is the only constant, and that we are all connected. 
    When emotions are heightened, either/or thinking can get us stuck and limit our ability to think and creatively problem solve. Dialectics encourages us to move away from either/or thinking and towards both/and thinking. For example, you can love someone and be very upset with them. You can want to work hard and also want to take breaks. You can be serious and silly. 
    Dialectics also reminds us that change is happening all the time and that we can learn to work with change in ourselves and others rather than fighting against it.
    For full show notes, visit our website.
    DBT Skills Discussed Nonjudgmentalness
    Radical Acceptance
    Opposite Action
    Ask us a Question We’d love to hear from you! Where are you getting stuck with your skills application? Ask us a question for the chance to have it answered on the podcast. Submit your question here. 
    Please note that questions, and this podcast in general, are not a substitute for individual mental health treatment.

    • 31 min
    #37: Level Up Your Skill Use

    #37: Level Up Your Skill Use

    This episode is in response to a listener question about combining DBT skill use for difficult situations. We thought it was a great question to tackle in an episode.
    As your knowledge of DBT skills increases, you will likely find that using several different skills is often the most effective way to respond to challenging life situations. Another way of thinking about this is layering skills - using skills to reduce distress first and then using skills to solve problems or change situations. Marielle and Ed discuss the following scenarios where layered skill use can be helpful:
    You’re in an intense conflict with someone important to you.
    You’ve experienced loss and sadness is overtaking you. 
    You have a strong desire to avoid doing something that needs to get done.
    DBT Skills Discussed STOP
    TIP
    Distraction
    Radical Acceptance
    Check the Facts
    Opposite Action
    For more information including full show notes, visit our website: https://bayareadbtcc.com/podcast/
    Ask us a Question We’d love to hear from you! Where are you getting stuck with your skills application? Ask us a question for the chance to have it answered on the podcast. Submit your question here. 
    Please note that questions, and this podcast in general, are not a substitute for individual mental health treatment.

    • 38 min
    #36: More Listener Questions

    #36: More Listener Questions

    In this episode of The Skillful Podcast, we answer two listener questions. The first question is from a listener who wants advice about balancing conflicting values to build a life worth living. The second question is about how to maintain your DBT skills practice once treatment has ended. Marielle and Ed discuss the issues these questions bring up and offer creative ways to think about the dilemmas presented.
    DBT Skills Discussed Accumulating Positive Emotions in the Long-Term Cope Ahead  For more information including full show notes, visit our website: https://bayareadbtcc.com/podcast/
    Ask us a Question We’d love to hear from you! Where are you getting stuck with your skills application? Ask us a question for the chance to have it answered on the podcast. Submit your question here. 
    Please note that questions, and this podcast in general, are not a substitute for individual mental health treatment.

    • 25 min
    #35: Coping with Pandemic Fatigue

    #35: Coping with Pandemic Fatigue

    As we pass the year mark of pandemic life, many of us are exhausted and eager to get back to how things used to be. While there are positive developments with vaccination rates rising and case counts lowering in some parts of the world, the finish line is still far away. We need emotional stamina to stay the course and tolerate the limits on daily life that the pandemic imposes. In this episode, Marielle and Ed discuss lots of DBT skills that can help you do this.
    DBT Skills Discussed:
    Validation Mindfulness of Current Thoughts Mindfulness of Current Emotions Radical Acceptance Check the Facts Opposite Action Problem Solving Accumulating Positive Emotions To learn more about this podcast and get full show notes, go to www.bayareadbtcc.com
    Ask us a Question We’d love to hear from you! Where are you getting stuck with your skills application? Ask us a question for the chance to have it answered on the podcast. Submit your question here. 
    Please note that questions, and this podcast in general, are not a substitute for individual mental health treatment.

    • 33 min

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