Monthly Archives: March 2013

Distress Tolerance – Part Five (Accepting Reality)

When finding yourself in a distressing situation, it can be a very useful skill to be able to accept the reality of that situation. In DBT terms, this is done through Radical Acceptance, Turning the Mind and Willingness . The word ‘radical’ means complete and total – which leads on to the fact that Radical […]

The proposed new criteria for the diagnosis of BPD (DSM-5 2013)

The proposed DSM-5 (2013) diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder has been published. The essential features of a personality disorder are impairments in personality (self and interpersonal) functioning and the presence of pathological personality traits. To diagnose borderline personality disorder, the following criteria must be met: A. Significant impairments in personality functioning manifest by: 1. Impairments in […]

Distress Tolerance – Part Four (Pro’s and Con’s)

The final part of the distress tolerance module is about thinking of pro’s and con’s of tolerating or not tolerating a situation. The end goal of this process is allowing yourself to work out and understand that the pro’s of tolerating a situation far outweigh the pro’s of not tolerating it – and this can […]

An opportunity to use my DBT skills – but it doesn’t feel good

At the moment, we are short staffed at work, so it means quite often I am left on my own in the office. We have a dedicated postal service to pick up and drop off the post every day, and the postman in the morning is different to the one in the afternoon. The postman […]

Originally posted on counselorssoapbox:
By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor. What is he feeling?Photo courtesy of You hear them talking but you don’t believe them, why? What do we do when the words don’t match the gut feeling we have? Do you trust yourself or do you think you must be…

Great article – makes a lot of sense – useful for all the ‘mummies’ out there… x

Homework number four: Online DBT Class

This homework was on ‘FAST’, an acronym in Interpersonal Effectiveness which is used in interactions to allow you to keep the respect your yourself – to not back down on things but being assertive rather than aggressive. Homework – To describe an example of using the FAST and GIVE skills; So here is an example, […]