How You Can Use DBT

Learn about how you can incorporate the tenets of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) into your own life, practice your DBT skills, and find additional DBT resources.

DBT Videos

General Information

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?: Short video to help adolescents understand DBT and its role in their treatment and day-to-day life.  

Skills Coaching

Mindfulness Skills Coaching

Mindfulness Meditation from Whil: Practice your mindfulness skills.

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & John Salzman (Wavecrest Films): Short film to help kids deal with emotions.

"Mindfulness Exercises for Kids: Still Quiet Place" by GoZen! Anxiety Relief for Children: Exercises to help decrease anxiety and increase energy, focus and peace. 

"Practicing Mindfulness: What the heck is it and why do it?" by Charlotte Hammond (Amy Poehler's Smart Girls): A quick guide to mindfulness and how to incorporate it into everyday life.

"Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation" by Happify: This short video describes the goals of mindfulness, and how to incorporate it into your life.

Distress Tolerance Skills Coaching

TIPP Skills Series: Learn along with Mann RTC as staff walk through the different TIPP skills and how they're helpful:

"Progressive Muscle Relaxation Meditation" by Meditative Practice for College Students: Exercises to help learn how to fully relax all of the muscles in your body.

"Me Want It (But Me Wait)" by Sesame Street: Cookie Monster sings about needing to master self-regulation skills, while wanting to eat a cookie. 

"Skills, Not Pills" by Dr. Kristi Webb: Dr. Kristi Webb describes a unique approach to remembering to practice self-soothing skills.

Suggested Readings


To hear recorded skills coaching by phone for all of these skills, please call the Mann’s Life Worth Living Line at 410-938-5060.

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DBT Testimonials

“The reason I choose to use my DBT skills is because I find it helpful in life. I believe I improved because if I was still at home, I would take my anger out on my family and punch holes in the wall. Now, I just use my DBT skills to have a better outcome.” – Paul E.

“In the past six months, I have completed one session of DBT skills class. The skill that has helped me the most would be interpersonal effectiveness, because when I first got here, I had no idea how to tell my parents how upset I was so I would just lash out. Now I can use these skills to tell them how I am feeling, why, and properly cope with the situation.” – Sarah S. 

"Mindfulness and Wise Mind, being in the moment, focusing on it right then and there, using interpersonal effectiveness to handle things appropriately." – Desiree N.

"Mindfulness - thinking of something calming and soothing even though you have other worries to think of.  It's a lot easier to think of one thing at a time." – Mia V.