Marsha Linehan Tells The Story Of Her Journey From Suicidal Teenager To World Renowned Developer Of The Life Saving Behavioral Therapy DBT, Using Her Own Struggle To Develop Life Skills For Others This Book Is A Victory On Both Sides Of The Page Gloria Steinem Are You One Of Us A Patient Once Asked Marsha Linehan, The World Renowned Psychologist Who Developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Because If You Were, It Would Give All Of Us So Much Hope Over The Years, DBT Had Saved The Lives Of Countless People Fighting Depression And Suicidal Thoughts, But Linehan Had Never Revealed That Her Pioneering Work Was Inspired By Her Own Desperate Struggles As A Young Woman Only When She Received This Question Did She Finally Decide To Tell Her StoryIn This Remarkable And Inspiring Memoir, Linehan Describes How, When She Was Eighteen Years Old, She Began An Abrupt Downward Spiral From Popular Teenager To Suicidal Young Woman After Several Miserable Years In A Psychiatric Institute, Linehan Made A Vow That If She Could Get Out Of Emotional Hell, She Would Try To Find A Way To Help Others Get Out Of Hell Too, And To Build A Life Worth Living She Went On To Put Herself Through Night School And College, Living At The YWCA And Often Scraping Together Spare Change To Buy Food She Went On To Get Her PhD In Psychology, Specializing In Behavior Therapy In The S, She Achieved A Breakthrough When She Developed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, A Therapeutic Approach That Combines Acceptance Of The Self And Ways To Change Linehan Included Mindfulness As A Key Component In Therapy Treatment, Along With Original And Specific Life Skill Techniques She Says, You Can T Think Yourself Into New Ways Of Acting You Can Only Act Yourself Into New Ways Of Thinking Throughout Her Extraordinary Scientific Career, Marsha Linehan Remained A Woman Of Deep Spirituality Her Powerful And Moving Story Is One Of Faith And Perseverance Linehan Shows, In Building A Life Worth Living, How The Principles Of DBT Really Work And How, Using Her Life Skills And Techniques, People Can Build Lives Worth Living Incredible memoir I can t imagine the courage and vulnerability it must have taken her to write this book I picked it up because my own therapist mentioned Dialectical Behavior Therapy to me and when I looked it up, the whole thing spoke to me Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others Mindfulness and spirituality wrapped up in Cognitive Behavior Therapy Makes so much sense Her book speaks of her faith steadfast ever changing and an incredibly important part of her journey to developing DBT and to her own happiness.I ll be reading memoirs of spiritual journeys if they re all as captivating and informative as Marsha s. It s a fine autobiography of and by Marsha Linehan, one of my personal heroes in the field of psychology psychotherapy I m a psychologist who once worked with patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and I grew up with a mother with BPD , so I have much experience with the suffering that these individuals live with and, often, inflict on others Marsha survived the kind of descent into hell that is characteristic of these patients, but and she found her way out and vowed to use her life to help bring others out of that same hell And she fulfilled her vow with the development of the first truly effective therapeutic method for these patients The components of the interventions she uses are designed to allow the patients to build for themselves, with the help of a well trained therapist, a life worth living Research clearly indicates that her method works The only downer in this story is something Marsha did not directly address, which is the fact that traditional PhD and MD training is not adequate to produce psychotherapists who are competent to use this type of therapy the same is true for master s level therapists There is a HUGE disconnect in our nation between the enormous need for competent psychotherapists, and the institutions that actually provide the training and do the licensing The truth is that most psychotherapists of all disciplines graduate and get licensed without ever having received the kind of training and supervision that is required to produce a competent therapist And few people talk about it personally, I did my best to address this while I was teaching at a small university with a master s degree program in counseling my efforts were not welcomed with open arms The prevailing view in those institutions is that the old form of training was good enough. As a teen, Marsha Linehan experienced suicidal ideation and was sent to an institution for the mentally unwell Toward the end of her time there, she made a vow to God that once she got herself out of hell, she would do everything she could to get others out, too DBT dialectical behavior therapy , is what Marsha created as her best effort to keep her vow and help patients with suicidal behavior She is so intelligent and dedicated to helping others I thought this book has such a powerful viewpoint It was very interesting to read of a therapist who has suffered from the same challenges that her patients are experiencing This book is great for fans of psychology or memoir.Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for gifting me this book in exchange for my honest review. A goodreads giveaway win that I was actually looking forward to reading The book is an interesting one detailing the development of DBT thereapy for suicidal people who have borderline personality disorder I enjoyed reading about the development of the most effective treatment for these conditions especially since it is the true life story of someone who actually struggled with the disorder that developed the protocol Her writing is a bit scattered but the description of the process was fascinating I especially liked the fact that there were some helpful guides in the back of the book Worth reading I would have given it 4 stars but the writing style was not comfortable for me to read.
Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a research consortium that develops and evaluates treatments for multi diagnostic, severely disordered, and suicidal populations Her primary research is in the application of
- 384 pages
- Building a Life Worth Living
- Marsha M. Linehan
- 05 March 2018 Marsha M. Linehan