Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment based in the tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
and Buddhism. It is a mode of therapy that can be useful for those experiencing emotional distress as
well as those having difficulty overcoming procrastination, interpersonal isolation, relationship conflict,
or effectiveness at work.
Research has shown DBT to be effective in treating a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression,
addiction, impulsivity, relationship problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
DBT is especially helpful for individuals who have difficulty regulating or dealing with their emotions.
DBT emphasizes creating a life you want to live.
DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills:
- Mindfulness: The practice of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment; living in the moment,
experiencing one’s emotions and senses fully, yet with perspective.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Attending to your needs and improving relationships. Skills for how to ask for what
you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.
- Emotion Regulation: Learn the function of emotions and learn skills to regulate emotions. Improve your ability to
describe, change, and cope effectively, rather than letting your emotions control you.
- Distress Tolerance: How to tolerate pain and intense emotions in difficult situations, not change it. Manage crises
without making your problems worse.
Email our DBT therapist for more information.