- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger; 1 edition (31 Dec. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626252181
- ISBN-13: 978-1626252189
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder Paperback – 31 Dec 2015
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"There are few books designed to help the individual suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) to use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) tools to help get them through difficult situations. A supplement to traditional coaching and therapy, this book accomplishes that with simplicity and clarity. Aguirre and Galen have written a practical guide that will serve as a road map to help clients improve their lives, and at the same time help therapists working with some of the most challenging clients."--Michael Roy, LCSW, founder and executive director of Clearview Women's Center, a treatment center specializing in borderline personality and emotional disorders
"Aguirre and Galen have raised the bar for self-help resources in the borderline personality disorder (BPD) community. Their wisdom and compassion shine through the lines of this text, creatively identifying common problems and effective solutions. For the person in recovery, they offer tools for problem solving to promote stability; and for therapists, and especially for professionals in training, they provide an opportunity to understand the individual experience of living with BPD--an accomplishment that renders this book a space in everyone's library."
--Perry D. Hoffman, PhD, president and cofounder of National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
"Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen have written a compassionate, sensitive, and practical book to help individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) successfully navigate everyday life challenges. I'm exceptionally proud to recommend this important book to my clients as well as their family members and friends."
--Amanda L. Smith, LMSW, dialectical behavior therapist and treatment consultant, and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Wellness Planner
"Aguirre and Galen have written a thoughtful and practical guide for people suffering with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This book will be an important resource for clients as well as professionals and family members."
--Michael Hollander, PhD, director of training at McLean 3East, assistant professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of Helping Teens Who Cut
"The [book's] emphasis on lay language and the numerous pragmatic problem-solving skills make this a superlative guide that will be helpful to those with BPD and clinical therapists who work with them."
In this much-needed book, two renowned borderline personality disorder (BPD) experts offer simple, easy-to use skills drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help you address the most common issues of BPD, such as intense feelings of anger, depression, and anxiety.See all Product description
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This is not a workbook and contains no exercises to help with thought patterns like youd expect from a CBT and DBT book.
Having struggled with mental health for many years I have read many a self help book but this by far is the best one I have ever read. The tone of the book is so compassionate; you feel as if they are really hearing your pain and want to help.
It was also written in a way that made it easy to read - broken down in to segments for certain situations so you can easily dip in and out of the book and go back to it if you need to.
There are lots of suggestions on skills that may help you manage that particular situation and again, these are broken down so they don't feel huge in that moment.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anybody who struggles with mental health. I have Complex PTSD and I think this book could be used for so many things, not just BPD.
Give it a try :)
To have two skilled therapists walk you through problem solving, in the way they have successfully coached their clients, is very reassuring. The book is quite concise, but it has covered my main issues - and I normally have the same ones recurring, rather than using the whole breadth of the book. The layout of each problem - a brief explanation, a vignette and then a walk-through of DBT skills followed by a handy checklist is clear and practical. Even reading through the problem helps me, my panic calms and my reasoning brain comes on-line, just making sense of the situation feels beneficial.
I use this with The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation ... Tolerance (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) and use both as an adjunct to therapy.
I'm hopeful that as I learn to skillfully respond to problems, it's going to change how my brain works and build my confidence to cope with my borderline symptoms. Although this is a simple book, it has had solutions to problems I've struggled with for years - staying in bed when overwhelmed emotionally and fear of never getting better, being stuck in the past or overwhelmed with paranoia. It makes it ok that these things come up, rather than thinking that they shouldn't happen at all - if a problem is workable, it makes a lot of difference. To move through the problem, to make a good day and a good life happen, regardless, is an amazing gift.
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