What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
DBT Therapy, or dialectical behavior therapy, is an evidence-based psychotherapy developed in the 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan. It is rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and Eastern philosophical concepts. Because of the evolution and adaptation of the technique over the years, dialectical behavior therapy went from being used as a treatment for bipolar disorder to other mental health conditions like substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
Therapists with a DBT certification, psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses may conduct dialectical behavior therapy or DBT sessions in three ways: individual sessions, group therapy sessions, and telephone crisis/phone coaching. They may use one or all of the session options. However, whether they use one or the other, they all aim to teach the client how to accept their desires and emotions while working on making better positive changes in life. More specifically, the sessions are meant to teach, equip, and hone four major skills a client must have at the end of their treatment plan. These skills are:
- Mindfulness: Being more aware and better accepting present experiences and thoughts.
- Distress Tolerance: Being capable of overcoming challenging times without resorting to self-destructive coping techniques.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Knowing and being firm with their feelings and how they want to improve their relationships.
- Emotional Regulation: Dealing with primary or first emotions before they turn into secondary or other emotions.
How to use the Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet:
Access and Download the Template
Access and download a printable and digital copy of the “Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet” by doing either of the following:
- Clicking the “Use Template” or “Download Template” button
- Searching “Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet” in Carepatron’s template library search bar on the website or app.
Explain the Template
Even though there are straightforward instructions on the template, it’s best to explain how to fill it out. Here are tips you can tell them:
- You may take as much time as you need to complete the worksheet. However, it’s best if you don’t overthink it.
- Answer the worksheet in a manner you’re comfortable with, especially those that require written answers. You may write in phrases, sentences, and paragraphs.
- For the statements in Part 2, the client can choose where to post or carry them as reminders.
If it’s easier for you, you may use the sample template we’ve provided in this guide to help you out.
Fill the Template
You may provide them a copy of the worksheet when the client understands the instructions and is comfortable answering it. Do remind them that they can contact you with questions or clarifications.
Discuss the Template
Once the client finishes the worksheet, you may discuss the answers with them if they consent. Out of all the sections, the part that may require a lot of guidance or time is Part 3, wherein the client is looking for a person who can validate the client’s rights to their needs and feelings.
Since the completed worksheet carries sensitive information, your client must store the physical copy securely. And just in case the client would like to carry the worksheet around, since it has the reminders they have to say to themselves daily, suggest utilizing a digital file instead and storing it on Carepatron. On Carepatron, only you, the client, and any relevant practitioners can access the file when needed.
Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet Example
We’ve provided a downloadable PDF file of a completed “Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet” template. You may use this example as an educational resource or guide that can help you explain to your client how to answer the worksheet better. Note that the answers provided in the sample are fictional content.
Obtain a copy of the sample worksheet by viewing it below or clicking the “Download Example PDF” button.
When would you use this Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet?
Practitioners such as psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, and any therapist with a DBT certification can use the Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet in their therapy practice.
More specifically, they can use the worksheet when the client:
- Has trouble asking for help
- Has difficulty expressing their emotions
- Share that they avoid conflicts and discussions that may upset, disappoint, or challenge other people
- Have been told that their emotions and needs are irrelevant, have to be buried within themselves, or have to be pushed aside to prioritize others.’
- Needs reminders of their rights to their feelings, needs, and opinions.
- Need to identify people who don’t only validate their feelings but can also help and support them.
Ultimately, we leave it up to you when you give your client a copy of the worksheet since you would know best if this resource would be useful or practical.
What are the benefits of this Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet?
In one of the sections on the worksheet, the client will be asked to check statements regarding themselves in relation to their needs and feelings. These pieces of information will help you know more about the client and understand how they value their needs/feelings, thought process, environment, and source of or lack of support from others.
Positive Habit Forming
One of the sections on the worksheet has a list of statements that validate the client’s feelings and needs that they must remind themselves of as often as possible. If they follow the instructions for this part religiously, they’ll be forming the positive habit of placing value on themselves - their needs and feelings included.
For certain clients, repeating the statements provided in the worksheet may not only stop at forming the positive habit mentioned above but also empower them to seek out the people who will support them and help them practice techniques that put them first in their lives.
Our free “Exercising Your Rights to Your Needs and Feelings DBT Worksheet”, though printable, is best used, completed, and stored as a digital file on Carepatron. That way, you or the client can access the worksheet when needed.
Why use Carepatron as your Dialectical Behavior Therapy app?
It’s because mental health practitioners with DBT training, like psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists, use Carepatron to productively and efficiently manage their therapy practice. If they can do more with Carepatron, you can too!
If you’re wondering how Carepatron’s tools and features have helped them and can help you with your practice, here’s a list of the tasks you can automate and processes you can streamline on our desktop software and mobile-friendly app:
Managing Your Schedule
Patients aren’t only free to request appointments, but all approved ones can appear on both your Google/iCal calendar and our built-in calendar to customize the look of the built-in calendar for organization purposes.
Send automated reminders via SMS and email to clients of their payment dues and upcoming appointments by setting up a system on Carepatron.
Create Medical Documents, Notes, and Invoices
No need to start from scratch. Instead, save time, money, and effort by using any of the 1000+ customizable and printable SOAP notes, invoices, and medical document templates in our resource library.
Storing Client Information and Essential Records
Rest assured that all the records you upload and client information you input in the patient portal are secured in our HIPAA-compliant EHR.
Offer more accessible payment options and quickly process payments on Carepatron.
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