Everyweek I receive an email asking me when the Therapists version of The Creative DBT Workbook will launch, so I thought I would write a little update just to let you all know of my progress and how you can help.
When the original Creative DBT Workbook launched, my eldest son Phoenix was 10 months old, and my youngest Hunter wasn’t even born. Fast forward to now and Phoenix is 2 and a half, and Hunter has just turned one.
Being a mum is time consuming and the hardest (yet most rewarding) job I’ve ever had. But it’s not impossible to create around those responsibilities , and I always planned to have the extended content for the Therapists Workbook out in the world by this point.
What I didn’t plan for was the unexpected health and behaviour issues that have been thrown at our family in the last few years. Phoenix has proved to be a challenge from day 1- he came 2 months early and then spent most of the first year of his life in and out of hospital- having hernia surgery at two months old and later being diagnosed with Layrngomalacia after months of tachycardia and tachyapnoea.
After the hospital stays slowed and we managed to get some routine and balance to our lives, I thought we had it all in hand. Yet, Phoenix proved to be a delightful test to us once again; at 2 and a half he is completely non verbal, resists all instruction, and is currently being assessed to either diagnose or rule out autism.
He is a challenge, a handful, a lesson in radical acceptance and a daily test, at the same time as being a hilariously funny, beautiful, strong willed soul, and the best thing that ever happened to me. His existence has literally turned my life around and I wouldn’t change him for the world.
What these extra challenges have given me in life lessons, they have also taken in time. And Phoenix’s care needs are a large part of why I am yet to complete the long awaited Therapists Creative DBT Workbook.
That said I am a large chunk through the creation stage and I hope to (finally) launch in the new year.
How you can help:
– If you are a therapist using the Creative DBT Workbook with clients leave a comment below with a tip you would give other therapists on how to use the material. (These comments may be used in the future Workbook or other publications)
– Leave a comment with an idea of what you’d like to see in the new Therapists Creative DBT Workbook.
– Share the original Workbook with any one you feel may benefit from it.
– Donate to my tip jar: I am asking therapists who already use the Creative DBT Workbook with clients to donate to my tip jar in lieu of a liscence fee, and anyone who values my work to leave a little tip. Any donations will help support me and my work, and speed the creation process along.
You can donate by clicking here.
I will keep you updated on the process of creating the Therapists DBT Workbook and post as SOON as it hits the virtual shelves.