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Using the TIPP Skill

By Izzy Brown, MA, LPC, R-DMT, Reiki

Welcome back to another blog about skills! This blog post will be focused on the DBT skill TIPP. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a type of therapy that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with Eastern mindfulness practices. DBT is an evidenced-based treatment for individuals who struggle with emotional regulation and those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, substance-related use disorder, or eating disorders. TIPP is a key skill taught in DBT. TIPP stands for temperature, intense exercise, paced breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. In this blog, we will explore the DBT skill TIPP and how it can be effective.

TIPP is designed to create a physiological change in the body that can help calm the nervous system and reduce emotional intensity. Each component of TIPP targets a different aspect of the body’s physiology to help achieve this goal.