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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.

    #48: Emotion Regulation Overview Part 2

    #48: Emotion Regulation Overview Part 2

    This episode is the 2nd part of an overview of the Emotion Regulation skills in DBT, focusing on skills that can help you be in Emotion Mind less often. You can find part 1 here. 
    The skills discussed in this episode may not have an immediate impact on how you’re feeling, but regular application of these skills over time builds emotional resilience and flexibility.
    DBT Skills Discussed Accumulating Positive Emotions in the Short-Term
    Accumulating Positive Emotions in the Long-Term
    Build Mastery
    Cope Ahead
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    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.

    • 41 min
    #47: Emotion Regulation Overview Part 1

    #47: Emotion Regulation Overview Part 1

    The Emotion Regulation skills in DBT offer lots of ways to help you identify and respond to emotions. Some of the Emotion Regulation skills focus on change, while others focus on acceptance. This toggling back and forth between acceptance and change is the primary dialectic we are continually balancing in DBT.
    This episode provides an overview of the Emotion Regulation skills as a whole, and takes a deep dive into change-oriented strategies such as Check the Facts, Opposite Action, and Problem Solving.
    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.

    • 40 min
    #46: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

    #46: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

    This episode explores how to apply mindfulness skills to help you manage distressing thoughts using the DBT skill called Mindfulness of Current Thoughts. Thoughts can cause a lot of suffering. Often, thoughts about events are based on assumptions, judgments, or interpretations rather than on facts.
    The core of this skill is to notice thoughts as just thoughts, or sensations of the brain, rather than as fact or truth. This can help lower emotional distress and reactivity.  Mindfulness of Current Thoughts helps you change your relationship with your thoughts rather than changing the thoughts themselves.
    For more information, including the 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.

    • 33 min
    #45: Soothing Trauma Symptoms with Elle Michel, LMFT

    #45: Soothing Trauma Symptoms with Elle Michel, LMFT

    Today, Marielle interviews Elle Michel, LMFT, a therapist in Los Angeles who specializes in treating complex trauma. Elle uses a combination of modalities to treat trauma, including DBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting. 
    This episode focuses on describing what happens in the nervous system after a traumatic event, and how to use DBT skills to cope with an activated brain and body. 
    For more information, including the 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.

    • 35 min
    #44: Working with Judgments

    #44: Working with Judgments

    Today, we take a deep dive into working with judgments. 
    Judgments about ourselves and others can increase emotional suffering and negatively impact relationships. Judgments are often assumptions, interpretations, or myths that we add to the facts. We then tend to mistake our judgments for facts. 
    This episode explores how to notice all of the subtle and often habitual ways judgments show up, as well as how to shift into a nonjudgmental stance.
    For more information, including the 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.

    • 32 min
    #43: Distress Tolerance Overview Part 2

    #43: Distress Tolerance Overview Part 2

    The Distress Tolerance skills in DBT offer creative ways to get through challenging situations without making things worse. 
    In Part 2 of this overview of Distress Tolerance skills, we focus on acceptance skills. Both acceptance and change skills can help lower emotional distress so you can access your most wise, grounded self. Radical Acceptance, as well as skills that support Radical Acceptance, are covered in this episode.
    For more information, including the 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.

    • 34 min

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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This skills podcast is the best I’ve come across. It’s a great on-the-go tool to revert to when I need a reminder and complementary to therapy. The hosts are calm and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you so much for choosing to podcast!

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