Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach that was originally developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder. It has since been adapted for use with a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
At the heart of DBT are specific skills that individuals can learn and practice to improve their emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. These skills are taught in both individual and group therapy sessions, and can be applied to a wide range of life situations.
The four modules of DBT skills include:
1. Mindfulness: This module focuses on cultivating awareness of the present moment and developing non-judgmental acceptance of thoughts and feelings.
2. Distress Tolerance: This module provides skills for coping with intense emotions and stressful situations in healthy and effective ways.
3. Emotion Regulation: This module focuses on understanding and managing emotions, including learning to identify and label emotions, reducing emotional reactivity, and increasing positive emotions.
4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: This module provides skills for improving communication and relationships, including assertiveness, setting boundaries, and resolving conflicts.
As a therapist who is trained in DBT, I believe in the power of these skills to promote emotional regulation and improve overall quality of life. Through DBT, individuals can learn to better manage their emotions, develop more positive relationships, and live more fully in the present moment.
If you are struggling with emotional regulation or interpersonal relationships and are interested in learning more about DBT skills, I invite you to reach out to me. Together, we can work towards developing the skills you need to achieve a more fulfilling and satisfying life.