What is the theory behind this Radical Acceptance therapy (DBT) worksheet?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a treatment method to teach people how to live in the present, form better and healthier ways to cope with stress and work on interpersonal relationships. It was mainly aimed at personality disorders where client’s have unhealthier ways to regulate their emotions and also exhibit self-destructive behaviors
Radical Acceptance is a technique in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that helps people to accept the painful, uncontrollable parts of their lives.
How will the worksheet help?
The aim of this worksheet is to help clients in tolerating distressed situations in their lives and prevent further sufferings. Accepting reality does not mean being helpless in the face of a challenge. Rather accepting the present facts as facts can relieve huge burdens clients put on themselves after a painful incident occurs in their lives. By radically accepting those painful occurrences that are out of our control, clients can help themselves from being stuck in unhappiness, anger and hopelessness.
How to use this worksheet?
To use this worksheet, find a quiet and distraction- free space for yourselves, so you will be able to focus. Read the following prompts thoroughly. try to answer them with honesty. The following prompts require you to think about your painful situation and find peace with it. Some realities are hard to accept but they are also not able to be controlled.
Radical Acceptance therapy (DBT) worksheet
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Lynch, T.R., Chapman, A.L., Rosenthal, M.Z., Kuo, J.R. and Linehan, M.M. (2006), Mechanisms of change in dialectical behavior therapy: Theoretical and empirical observations. J. Clin. Psychol., 62: 459-480. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.20243
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