DBT Emotion Regulation Skill – STOP Worksheet

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The STOP skill is an acronym that consists of the following sequence: Stop, Take a step back, Observe, and Proceed mindfully.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy treatment specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions.

DBT treatment is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is used to help struggling individuals identify and positively change their negative thinking patterns.

DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and The Middle Path.

STOP skills come from DBT which offers distress tolerance skills that help individuals deal with stressful situations. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help individuals learn to endure stressful situations as effectively as possible. It will help them manage their emotions better and find adequate solutions for challenging situations.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Individuals should use this worksheet as a way of learning to control their emotions, thoughts, and actions during stressful situations.

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Naya Clinic. (© 2020). STOP skill DBT: What is it and how to use it. Available at: https://www.nayaclinics.com/post/stop-skill-dbt-what-is-it-and-how-to-use-it. [Accessed December 08, 2022]