Emotion Regulation Ride the Wave DBT Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Emotion Regulation Ride the Wave DBT Worksheet?

“Ride the wave” is a concept used in emotion regulation training under Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which teaches individuals to identify and accept negative emotions rather than fight them. It encourages individuals to sit with their negative and painful emotions till they pass instead of using ineffective coping strategies to get rid of them or trying to escape in some way. 

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will help individuals through the process of riding their emotions to manage them. It will provide a step-by-step guide that individuals can use to control and manage their emotions by acknowledging and accepting them without judgment. It can serve as a useful reminder to practice it when needed. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be provided to clients seeking dialectical behavior therapy during sessions focused on emotional regulation skills. The worksheet can be used to help them understand the steps that are part of the “ride the wave” concept. You can instruct them to write down what they have understood about the process at the end of the worksheet. 

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