Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is particularly effective for individuals who struggle with intense emotional reactions, such as those with borderline personality disorder. It has also been shown to be effective in treating other mental health issues, including eating disorders, substance abuse, and depression.
DBT may also be helpful for individuals who have difficulty regulating their emotions or communicating effectively with others. It can be especially useful for those who have experienced trauma or have a history of self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
DBT was developed by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan in the 1980s. It is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that combines elements of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. DBT is often used to treat individuals who struggle with intense emotional reactions and have difficulty regulating their emotions.
The main goal of DBT is to help individuals develop skills that will enable them to live a fulfilling life. These skills include being able to identify and manage intense emotions, communicate effectively with others, tolerate distress, and be mindful of the present moment.
How does DBT work?
DBT typically involves both individual therapy and group skills training. During individual therapy, the therapist works with the client to identify specific areas of concern and develop a treatment plan. The therapist may also help the client learn new skills and strategies for managing their emotions and improving their relationships.
In group skills training, clients learn a variety of skills that can help them cope with difficult situations and regulate their emotions. These skills include:
- Mindfulness: Learning how to be present in the moment and pay attention to one's thoughts and feelings without judgment.
- Emotion Regulation: Developing strategies for managing intense emotions, such as anger or anxiety.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning how to communicate effectively with others and set boundaries in relationships.
- Distress Tolerance: Developing skills to manage and tolerate distressing situations.
DBT is a type of psychotherapy that can be effective in treating a range of mental health issues. It combines elements of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance to help individuals develop skills that can enable them to live a fulfilling life.
If you are struggling with intense emotions, difficulty regulating your emotions, or have a history of self-harm or suicidal thoughts, DBT may be an effective treatment option for you. It is important to work with a qualified mental health professional who is trained in DBT to ensure that you receive the best possible care. To schedule an appointment with one of our licensed, trained professional counselors, please feel free to contact us to schedule your appointment today.