Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a mental health therapist in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, ON, Canada. She is author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder and coauthor of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. Visit her online at www.sherivandijk.com.
"Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens examines many
areas that teenagers (and subsequently parents) struggle with.
Sheri Van Dijk offers tangible tools to deal with emotional
upheaval, volatile emotions and difficult relationships. The
exercises that Van Dijk includes in each chapter will assist teens
by offering them options for coping with their emotions. Having
raised three teenagers, I strongly believe these skills should be
taught in schools as part of the curriculum!"
--Kathy Christie, ADR, mental health case manager at York Support Services Network in Newmarket, ON, Canada
"Emotions are generally undervalued in Western society. Many of
us receive negative messages about emotions and come to experience
them as worthless, problematic, or dangerous. However, emotions are
powerful motivators and valid sources of knowledge. Van Dijk
addresses these, and other important issues, in this book. She
presents information about a range of emotional issues in an
accessible manner. She also includes activities that will help
deepen the reader's understanding and integration of the
--Karma Guindon, MSW, RSW, RMFT
"Strongly recommended for teens whose moods interfere with their
ability to enjoy life and relationships. Van Dijk has presented
Linehan's dialectical behavior therapy skills in a manner that is
user-friendly and easy to understand. Van Dijk first describes why
these skills can be useful, then presents exercises that give the
reader an opportunity to practice the skills."
--Marilyn Becker, MSW, RSW, clinical supervisor at Addiction Services for York Region
"I highly recommend this well-written, user-friendly workbook
written especially for teens. It provides easy to use tools for
harnessing unruly emotions and calming uncontrolled thinking. By
following the suggestions in this workbook, teens will feel more
capable of controlling their mood, have more harmonious
relationships, gain confidence, and live happier lives."
--Linda Jeffery, RN, cognitive behavior therapist in private practice in Newmarket, Ontario
"Van Dijk has written a workbook that any teen struggling with
emotions will find very helpful. Using clear and concise language,
this workbook offers awareness-enhancing exercises and practical
help for recognizing, sorting out, and changing the way painful
emotions can be handled. I found this book useful and easy to read,
and I will recommend it to my teenage patients."
--Mark R. Katz, MD, FRCOP(C), staff psychiatrist at the Southlake Regional Health Centre and assistant professor at the University of Toronto in Canada