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Put Your Feelings Here

A Creative DBT Journal for Teens with Intense Emotions

*Therapy that doesn’t look like therapy!*

*Creative, engaging prompts that teach evidence-based tools!*

*Providing help and combatting stigma!*

*Mainstreaming mental health!*

“What Is Guided Journaling and How Can It Help Anxious Teens?”

Put Your Feelings Here: A Creative DBT Journal for Teens with Intense Emotions is the second in an innovative new series that provides effective, evidence-based tools for managing teens’ emotional health issues without carrying the stigma that so often deters them from seeking help.  The Instant Help Guided Journal Series offers “therapy that doesn’t look like therapy!”

At a time when our teens’ emotional health is in critical need of attention, this book provides that in a non-threatening format that works!  Put Your Feelings Here offers 100 creative journaling prompts based predominantly in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), the well-reputed treatment of choice for emotional regulation.  Techniques such as using Wise Mind, practicing opposite action, mindfulness, distraction, problem-solving, and naming emotions are transformed into fun and engaging skill-based prompts that help teens both relieve emotional overwhelm in the moment and learn techniques to carry forward.

Prompts are combined with engaging graphics and inviting white space that promotes writing, drawing, collages, lists, letters & reflections to help regulate intense emotions alongside suggestions for walks in fresh air, lovingkindness, mindfulness, “cool water cool downs,” listening to music, breathwork, calming scents, shredding overwhelming thoughts and more.  This book is a great tool for both teens on their own and as an adjunct to therapy.

Lisa Schab has produced yet another amazing resource for those of us who work in the mental health profession.  “Put Your Feelings Here,” is a must have!  This book makes engaging in therapy fun for teenagers as they work on meaningful, but simple activities!”

—Stephanie L. Pettey, PsyD, mental health coordinator and adjunct college professor in the field of school psychology

From the first checkbox, Lisa Schab pulls the emotionally overwrought person of any age into a workbook that is inventive, lively, and profoundly useful. Structurally and visually, this engaging book brings emotional skills to life, using sensory, physical, spiritual, and analytic approaches. The format is bite-sized, fast-paced, and appealing—even for teens—but the ideas communicated are life-changing. Using writing and creativity, the reader naturally develops tools that demystify the often difficult world of emotions. I facilitate writing groups for teens, and the exercises in Put Your Feelings Here will be a welcome addition.”

—Beth Jacobs, PhD, author of Writing for Emotional Balance, The Original Buddhist Psychology, and A Buddhist Journal

Lisa Schab has done a brilliant job teaching some of the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills in a fun, creative, and understandable way to help teens manage their emotions. I love it!”

—Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, psychotherapist, international speaker, and author of several DBT books, including Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens

“Lisa Schab’s Put Your Feelings Here is an easy-to-use tool accessible to teenagers with any level of therapeutic experience. This book empowers teens to build internal awareness, increase emotional intelligence, and practice evidence-based coping skills creatively. Put Your Feelings Here makes DBT skills relevant and accessible to today’s teens. This book walks the middle path between free journaling and directed prompting, allowing teens to feel in control of the process and to learn transferable skills.”

—Margaret Lewis, LCSW, associate director of the Adolescent School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program at Compass Health Center in Northbrook, IL

Parents. . .

Help your teen manage mood swings and overwhelm with a book that will both calm them down and make them smile.  Wrap it up with a pack of gel pens and you’ve got a gift that will benefit both your teen and your whole family!

Because of the vast amount of physical, emotional, and neurological change that occurs during adolescence, it’s typical for all teens to experience mood swings, whether that’s a normal reaction to a poor test grade or social rejection or a deluge of tears or intense blow-up for no apparent reason.

Put Your Feelings Here provides a tool for all teens to reduce and release intense emotion in the moment. It’s designed for both teens working with professionals and on their own.

Professionals. . .

This journal is a great clinical tool for engaging, encouraging, and empowering teen clients! It can boost their progress, confidence, and motivation for managing their emotions.

The 100 guided journaling prompts are grounded mainly in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, experiential therapies, and neuroscience, but they’re disguised as fun and creativity!