Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skill-building therapeutic approach developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT has proven effective for a wide range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
DBT is an evidence-based treatment modality that has been extensively researched in numerous clinical trials. Research indicates that, through DBT therapy and DBT skills groups, you can learn healthy coping skills that can help you to make a lasting recovery from your mental health disorder or addiction.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy uses three methods of treatment: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching. During DBT treatment, you are encouraged to engage in phone coaching between in-person sessions with your therapist, especially if you are contemplating self-harmful behavior. The cost of phone coaching is included with your fees for therapy. Phone coaching is critical in helping clients generalize their skills in the real world.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy organizes treatment into stages and goals. The stages of DBT focus on the following behaviors:
Decreasing life-threatening behaviors
Reducing behaviors that may interfere with therapy
Decreasing behaviors that affect your quality of life
Building effective coping skills
Experiencing emotions more fully
Effectively solving ordinary life problems
Reducing stress and depression
Moving toward a feeling of completeness
The cornerstone of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is DBT skills. DBT skills focus on the development of the following four skills:
Distress tolerance: Distress tolerance skills can help you improve impulse control and better tolerate stressful experiences.
Mindfulness meditation: Mindfulness can help you learn to be in the present and more fully experience your senses. This DBT skill can help you stay focused and increase attentiveness.
Emotion regulation: This DBT skill will help you to better identify your emotions, improve emotional stability, reduce emotional reactivity, and better manage your emotional health.
Interpersonal effectiveness: Interpersonal effectiveness skills teach strategies to help you ask for what you need, better cope with interpersonal conflict, and improve the overall quality of your relationships
DBT Treatment & Who Can Benefit
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is beneficial to anyone who is struggling with behaviors that interfere with their everyday lives. DBT is shown to be an effective treatment to help you make long-term, positive changes to your behaviors.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is used for the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric and mental health disorders. Many people seeking DBT treatment struggle with problems related to emotional regulation, impulse control, interpersonal relationships, and/or self-harmful behavior.
Dialectical Behavior can successfully treat a variety of mental health disorders and conditions such as:
Suicidal thoughts and behaviors and self-harming behaviors
Borderline Personality Disorder
Depression and mood disorders
Coping with health and medical problems
Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
Other personality disorders, including Dependent Personality Disorder
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