The Big Feelings Survival Guide
The Big Feelings Survival Guide: A Creative Workbook for Mental Health contains 74 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Art Therapy exercises to help you understand, cope with, and navigate the big feelings life brings.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help those who struggled with emotional dysregulation and chronic suicidality. The ultimate goal is to help people build "a life worth living," in whatever form feels right to them. The therapy consists of four main ideas, or "modules": Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. And while the structure of DBT has been proven effective in many ways, it is inaccessible to many people for a variety of reasons: insurance coverage, financial burden, location, etc. Organized by emotion, this book is a series of creative prompts based in DBT that are designed to support those who learned DBT in treatment, to help those who wanted to access DBT treatment and could not, and for anyone who is interested in bettering their mental health. It's a fun, accessible book that is grounded in clinical theory, yet can be applied to everyday life.