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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a specialized form of psychotherapy that has proven highly effective in helping individuals navigate complex emotional challenges, manage distress, and improve their overall well-being. Developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, DBT combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with Eastern mindfulness practices, offering a holistic approach to healing.

Key Components of DBT
  1. Mindfulness: At the core of DBT is mindfulness, the practice of being fully present in the moment without judgment. This skill helps individuals observe their thoughts, emotions, and sensations, fostering self-awareness and emotional regulation.

  2. Distress Tolerance: DBT equips individuals with strategies to manage intense emotions and crises without resorting to harmful behaviors. This includes accepting the current situation, finding ways to distract from distress, and improving distress tolerance skills.

  3. Emotion Regulation: Learning to identify, understand, and manage emotions is a fundamental part of DBT. Individuals develop skills to regulate their emotional responses and reduce emotional vulnerability.

  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: This component focuses on improving communication, setting boundaries, and building healthier relationships. It equips individuals with the tools to assertively express their needs while maintaining respect for others.

What does DBT help with?
  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Substance use disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Self-harming behaviors

  • Suicidal ideation

DBT is often delivered in both individual and group therapy settings, allowing individuals to practice and apply learned skills in their daily lives.

Benefits of DBT
  1. Enhanced Emotional Regulation: Improved ability to manage intense emotions, reducing impulsive and self-destructive behaviors.

  2. Improved Interpersonal Relationships: Enhanced communication skills and boundary-setting lead to healthier, more satisfying connections with others.

  3. Greater Self-Awareness: Mindfulness techniques help individuals become more attuned to their thoughts and emotions, fostering personal growth and self-acceptance.

  4. Reduced Reliance on Maladaptive Coping Strategies: DBT equips individuals with healthier alternatives to cope with distress, reducing self-harm and substance abuse.

DBT is a versatile and evidence-based therapy that has transformed the lives of many individuals struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges.


For expert care of DBT, call Strategies for Success, or schedule an appointment online today.

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