Creative and Engaging DBT Resources to Enhance the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Experience

We help people learn DBT’s practical life skills to fine tune their lives.


Enhance DBT skills with songs! 

Music makes learning more fun, and helps things stick in the mind so the skill can be remembered when needed. 

Find songs for every module in this collaborative collection. Get new creative ideas for using songs in skills training, to generalize and practice the skills, in an engaging manner.

Deborah Spiegel MT-BC

What is DBT? 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a popular and effective therapy model and set of personal growth tools. DBT skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness support people in replacing maladaptive behaviors with skillful behaviors, in responding to life rather than reacting, and can enhance the lives of all.   Created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT is an evidence based model using skills training to “change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living” (Linehan 2015) 

Why Music?

Music is engaging, fun, & helps us remember things. Reinforcing skills for mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness through music can support people who are involved in a DBT program as well as those who are not.

What if I have no musical talent or know how?

No problem. Our ready made resources are easy for you to use if you are musical or not. Also, our DBT informed Board Certified Music Therapists are available to you.

Here’s how music can help you with DBT.

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As a DBT clinician,  we understand that you sometimes have challenges with clients who don’t pay attention or are bored in groups, and those who just can’t seem to remember the skills.

If you ever seek creative ideas for reaching these clients and for livening up your skills training but don’t have time or don’t feel creative yourself, don’t worry!  We’ve designed a ready-made resource library of activities (even for the non-musician) to help you:

  • Make your DBT groups more engaging!
  • Make virtual groups more interactive!
  • Reach participants with different learning styles!
  • Enhance client ability to understand and apply DBT skills!
  • Provide a variation on skills groups for participants who are on a 2nd or 3rd cycle!

Research fact: In a recent study completed at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, a music therapist and a psychologist compared traditional DBT skills groups with skills training that included music therapy.  The results on client outcomes were favorable for music.  The results were released in the Journal of Music Therapy in June of 2022.  

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DBT Participants

Do you desperately want to learn to navigate life’s challenges effectively and live a more fulfilling life?

Are you struggling to learn and remember to use DBT skills when you need them the most?

Well, we have created a program especially for you called “DBT Skills Mastery through Music!”  This is a fun and engaging way to:

  • Gain mastery of DBT skills  
  • Create a brighter future for yourself and those around you.
  • Enhance your life!
  • Supplement your DBT skills training efforts

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Schools, Teachers, Parents

We are passionate about supporting evolving DBT in Schools programs.  These programs provide Social Emotional Learning & Practical Life Enhancement Skills for Youth.  What better way to help children of all ages to learn than through music!  Music activities and specially created songs can help children of various ages and stages to learn:

  • Emotion management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Skills for getting through difficult times
  • Skills for enhanced relationships
We are creating these resources now.  Join the waiting list. Click the button.

Music Therapists

We often hear from music therapists that they feel they want to grow their therapeutic toolkit and strengthen their skills for helping clients regulate their emotions and behaviors. Ever feel that way?   We can help you to 

  • Gain new ways to use music therapy to support your clients in regulating emotions, getting through difficult times, making wise decisions, impulsivity, communicating effectively, relationships
  • Build a toolkit of practical life skills to support those you serve in creating a life worth living
  • Increase effectiveness as a provider… 
  • Earn CMTEs!

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Hire a DBT Informed Board-Certified Music Therapist

A qualified DBT informed Board Certified Music Therapist can be hired to provide direct services to you. 

 We are professionally trained in the use of music to meet non-musical goals, including how to support DBT skills mastery.

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