Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan. DBT is a comprehensive therapy that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness practices. It was initially designed to help individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has since proven effective in addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges.

DBT is based on the concept of dialectics, which recognizes the interplay between acceptance and change. It aims to help individuals find a balance between accepting themselves as they are while also working towards positive change. DBT provides practical skills and strategies that empower individuals to manage distressing emotions, navigate challenging interpersonal relationships, and enhance their overall quality of life.

The core components of DBT include

Mindfulness: DBT emphasizes the practice of mindfulness, which involves being fully present in the current moment without judgment. Mindfulness skills help individuals increase self-awareness, regulate emotions, and make conscious choices rather than reacting impulsively.

Emotion Regulation: This module focuses on understanding and managing intense emotions effectively. Through DBT, individuals learn skills to identify and label emotions, tolerate distress, reduce emotional vulnerability, and cultivate positive emotional experiences.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: This module provides strategies for developing healthy and effective interpersonal relationships. It focuses on improving communication, setting boundaries, asserting needs, and resolving conflicts while maintaining self-respect and considering the needs of others.

Distress Tolerance: DBT equips individuals with skills to tolerate and cope with distressing situations when immediate change may not be possible. These skills help individuals navigate crises, manage overwhelming emotions, and avoid impulsive behaviors.

At Be Well Counseling, our compassionate therapists are trained in DBT and experienced in guiding individuals through the transformative journey of healing and growth. We provide a safe and supportive environment where you can learn and apply DBT skills to enhance your emotional well-being, develop healthier relationships, and build a more fulfilling life.