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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

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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.

    #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
    #42: Distress Tolerance Overview Part 1

    #42: Distress Tolerance Overview Part 1

    The Distress Tolerance skills in DBT offer creative ways to get through challenging situations without making things worse. Today’s episode is Part 1 of an overview of Distress Tolerance as a whole, with a special focus on change-oriented skills.
    When emotional distress is high, there can be an intense desire to do something to make the distress stop. Very often, when we numb or distance ourselves from distressing emotions, we create new problems. The DBT skills discussed in today’s episode help you respond to hard emotions in ways that you won’t regret. These skills are also helpful when you need to get things done but you’re too overwhelmed to get started or think clearly.
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

Seemore_Miles ,

Incredibly helpful

My partner goes through intense episodes of emotional disregulation. Her therapist had her go through the DBT program. This podcast is an incredible resource. It’s a place for her to strengthen and remember her skills and it helps me to better understand what she’s going through so I can better be there for her when I can. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource!

JaCaSc ,

You two are GREAT!

Thank you 🙏🏽

happy listener 2386 ,

Wow! Thank you!

I’ve been in therapy for decades and this past January (2021) I started DBT. My life has changed. I found this podcast this week and I can’t get enough! I love how they talk back and forth and explain things so it is not just listening to someone talk at me. They provide examples and analogies that are the icing on my current therapy cake. Thank you!

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