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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.

The Skillful Podcast Bay Area DBT & Couples Counseling Center

    • Mental Health
    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

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.

    #33: Ten Common Communication Myths

    #33: Ten Common Communication Myths

    Today’s episode explores ten common interpersonal myths. These myths can prevent us from being as effective in relationships as we like.
    Some of these myths are about how we “should” be or how others “should” be. Some of these myths are about conflict, or about whether it’s ok to assert our need or say no.
    Often we learn these myths from our families when we are young, and it’s helpful to recognize and name them so they don’t dictate what we do in relationships.
    In this episode, we unpack each myth: where they come from, and ways to challenge them so you can improve your interpersonal skills. 
    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.

    • 37 min
    #32: Election Season Survival Skills

    #32: Election Season Survival Skills

    This is a special episode geared towards our listeners in the United States. We have a big election approaching and if you struggle with your emotions, you may be more impacted by the uncertainty, polarization, and chaos in our country. 
    Compounding the political uncertainty are environmental threats like wildfires and hurricanes. On top of all this, we are still in a pandemic! No wonder Wise Mind may be harder to find.  Marielle and Ed discuss DBT skills to help you stay as grounded and effective in your life as possible this election season.
    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.

    • 35 min
    #31: Self-Soothing Revisited

    #31: Self-Soothing Revisited

    Do you find it hard to take care of yourself? The DBT skill of self-soothing is designed to help you tolerate distress, but it’s also helpful for regular self-care. This episode explores what exactly self-soothing is, when and how to use it, and common barriers to implementing it.
     
    Many of us are going through a time of tremendous uncertainty and multiple losses in the face of a global pandemic. This can wear us down and bring up past traumas, both big and small.  Self-soothing is one way to help ease the suffering of this moment. 
     
    This episode explores how to use the senses to self-soothe: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. For some people, self-soothing brings up feelings of not deserving. If you weren’t treated with kindness and care as a child, it might be particularly hard to treat yourself with kindness and care as an adult.
     
    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.

    • 30 min
    #30: What Happens When You Have an Emotion

    #30: What Happens When You Have an Emotion

    Today, Marielle and Ed unpack what happens in the body and mind when an emotion occurs. There’s actually a lot going on!  If you are sensitive to or are confused by your emotions, it can be helpful to have an understanding of the different components that make up an emotional experience.
     DBT’s Model for Describing Emotions breaks down emotions into ten parts: the prompting event, awareness, interpretation, vulnerability factors, biological changes, nervous system changes, expressions, actions, emotion names, and after-effects. This episode explores all these parts as well as skills to intervene at different points during the emotional experience.
    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.

    • 37 min
    #29: Using DBT Skills in Anti-Racist Work

    #29: Using DBT Skills in Anti-Racist Work

    Today Marielle and Ed offer ways to use DBT skills to support emotional equilibrium during a time where systemic anti-black racism is being confronted and discussed in new and necessary ways.
     
    This episode is not about how to be anti-racist. That’s beyond what we can provide. The resources below serve as a starting point to learn more. Rather, this episode focuses on skills to help you find your emotional footing during a time of national tumult around race. This work deeply aligns with our values as therapists. Racism is a mental health issue and its impact may be easy to dismiss if we aren’t a member of a targeted group.
     
    We recognize that our lens as white therapists limits us and that there is a lot we may get wrong. In the spirit of DBT, we want to approach what’s hard, rather than avoid.
     
    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.

    • 40 min
    #28: Listener Questions

    #28: Listener Questions

    Today Marielle and Ed answer listener questions. 

    The first question is from a listener in Sweden about how to cope with anger at others for not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. 

    Question two is about how to use DEAR MAN to say no.

    The final question in this episode is about how to figure out when it’s time to leave a situation. 
    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.

    • 31 min

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