What is Dialectic Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based treatment that is effective in treating individuals who experience emotional dysregulation. Initially developed for individuals who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, but has been shown to be effective in many areas. DBT enhances dialectical thinking patterns by validating and accepting your issues while simultaneously helping you to change. The idea is that once you can accept uncomfortable and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, instead of struggling against them, then change seems more possible. You learn to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal relationships and develop acceptance skills.

 

DBT for Depression:

DBT emphasizes both validation and tolerance, which can be helpful for you if you are struggling with depression. DBT offers coping skills, such as emotional regulation and distress tolerance, which allows you to address depressive symptoms and ultimately break free from them.

 

DBT for Anxiety: 

Anxiety symptoms often interfere with your daily functioning. DBT offers new skills for you to better manage panic attacks, worries, fears and anxiety that cause you to feel stuck. DBT incorporates mindfulness meditation to help you regulate anxious emotions and associated behaviors. DBT can be helpful with generalized anxiety, as well as other anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders, social anxiety and phobias. 

 

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