Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions & Balance Your Life


Acceptance & Mindfulness | Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a therapeutic modality that was originally developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Since the advent of this therapy, millions of people without the disorder have found DBT skills endlessly useful for helping manage out-of-control emotions and curbing impulsive behaviors that they just can't stop. "Calming the Emotional Storm" is the first book to offer an accessible, general introduction to these DBT skills for anyone who feels overwhelmed by their emotions or feels that their emotions have led them to experience out-of-control behaviors and personal crises. Readers learn to understand and manage their emotions and begin to choose their actions rather than acting on impulses. They also practice calming their emotions in times of stress by embracing acceptance and fostering positive emotions about themselves. These life-changing skills can save many readers from unnecessary suffering due to the "emotional storm" inside.


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An easy-to-read introduction to the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills that can help readers keep calm in the face of distressing emotions and regain emotional balance in their lives.

“In my twenty-two years in the field, I have not encountered a more comprehensive guide to managing one’s emotions. Sheri Van Dijk has taken complex psychotherapeutic processes and broken them down in an easy-to-read, accessible format. If you have ever been paralyzed with intense emotions, this is a must-read. I will be recommending this book to my patients.” —Jody Joseph Levac, MSW, RSW, PhD, director of mental health at Southlake Regional Health Centre “Calming the Emotional Storm is simple, comprehensive, effective, and doable. This encouraging book inspires hope without minimizing that it can take a lot of hard work to make the changes necessary to start living an emotional healthy and balanced life. I will definitely recommend this book to my clients. The exercises in the book support understanding by helping readers stabilize emotional reactions while exploring ways to make positive changes.” —Melanie Williams, registered social worker at Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and certified trauma specialist “In a world where emotions are at the root of much pain and suffering, Sheri Van Dijk has written a skillful guide to help us acknowledge, experience, and, most importantly, bear the emotional landscape of our lives. The combination of concise language, clear explanations, accessible exercises and insightful case studies make this an exceptional tool for individuals, families, and clinicians alike.” —Glenys Smith Elliott, MEd, mental health case manager at York Support Services Network in Ontario, Canada

Sheri Van Dijk is a mental health therapist in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, ON, Canada. She is the author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder and Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens and coauthor of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. In September 2010, she received the R.O. Jones Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association for her research on using DBT skills to treat bipolar disorder. More information is available at

General Fields

  • : 9781608820870
  • : New Harbinger Publications
  • : New Harbinger Publications
  • : March 2012
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 152.4
  • : 200
  • : VF