Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. The main goals of DBT are to teach people how to live in the moment, learn to cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and how to improve relationships with others.
DBT identifies and changes negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. Focusing on a few key areas, DBT provides clients new skills to manage emotions and decrease both internal and external conflict. DBT has shown to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders and more. Clients will focus on four key techniques in DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Four Modules and Important Lessons to Gain from DBT:
- Mindfulness: This is perhaps one of the most important tools to gain from DBT, which is to be present and to “live in the moment”
- Distress Tolerance: This will teach you to accept yourself and to accept your situation, whatever that situation may be.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: This will help you learn to be more assertive in your relationships. This will teach you to listen and communicate effectively, deal with difficult people, and respect yourself and others.
- Emotion Regulation: This provides a set of skills that help to keep your emotional system healthy and functioning. It teaches you to adjust your emotions, including the intensity, when you have it, and how you react to it.
DBT offers a multistage approach to recovery:
- Treats the most self-destructive behaviors.
- Addresses quality-of-life skills: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
- Focuses on improved relationships, self-image and self-esteem.
- Promotes happiness and connection within relationships.
How SLOW Can Help:
- Work with our expert team of clinicians to gain mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation through learning life skills, individual and group therapy.
- Have a space to talk open and freely about problems that come up and learn to talk through and solve those issues.
- Have real-world experiences surrounded by safe, supportive professionals and peers who can walk you through using these skills.
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