My first experience with Van Dijk's work came in reviewing her DBT Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder for a large HMO about six months ago. I found it to be a superior guide to developing mindfulness skills for any diagnostic target and recommended it as such.
It's no surprise to me that her most recent book (from the looks of it, she must be writing 24/7 the way she cranks 'em out) is an equally excellent, easy to understand, and predictably effective device for delivering DBT-style mindfulness skills for those experiencing anxiety.
Van Dijk has a talent for "pre-digestion." What was (or at least, seemed) so complex in Marsha Linehan's original "manual of instruction" almost 20 years ago has been boiled down by a number of authors. But I'd be hard-pressed to say that even Ronald Siegel's terrific =The Mindfulness Solution=, Pavel Somov's =The Lotus Effect=, or Orsillo & Roemer's =The Mindful Way Through Anxiety= are any easier to digest than this.
Van Dijk also has a knack for something the pros call "motivational enhancement" and it shows in the way she lays out her case for doing the do and leading the reader through that do.
The shelves may be saturated with new titles on the use of mindfulness, meditation, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, thought questioning, dis-identification and interpersonal skill development these days, but with good reason. There's a ton of research back of the mindfulness-based cognitive therapies now like MBCT, ACT, SIQR and DBT. The major health management organizations are on board. And so are many of the clinicians in the trenches schooled and trained since the late '90s.
As one who has trudged through the "terror tunnel" of bipolar depressive "withdrawal" into severe mixed anxiety, autonomic nervous system degradation and post-traumatic stress disorder, I can very much appreciate the difficulty of reading a difficult book when one is struggling to =breathe=. But I also know from experience that it =can= be done, even if a little at a time.
And knowing what I know now after being so fortunate to become as educated as I have over the past decade, this is one of the books I think a suffering patient =can= digest as the result of Van Dijk's "manageable bites" delivery style.