What is DBT?
DBT is a skills-based therapy in which the client learns specific skills to help regulate intense or unwanted emotions, decrease problematic behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships, and increase their quality of life.
DBT has 4 skills modules:
Each module contains specific skills that target different therapeutic or emotional goals. Through tracking your daily emotions and behaviors via Diary Cards, learning the skills in sessions and exploring how they apply to your life, and practicing these skills throughout the week, you will become more effective with your emotional and behavioral responses.
Who is DBT for?
Anyone experiencing emotional dysregulation and suffering can benefit from DBT. The skills you will learn and practice can help people with a wide range of symptoms, including but absolutely not limited to: Chronic Depression and Anxiety, Emotional Outbursts, Panic Attacks, Impulsivity, Relationship Problems, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, Suicidality/Self-harm, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Substance Use Behaviors, Avoidance/Isolation, ASD, and Avoidance/Isolation Behaviors.
What is DBT Philosophy?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of behavior therapy that is based on the principle that inherent opposition exists in the world (ex. “I am doing the best I can in this moment” versus “I can do things differently to change how I feel”) and can be seen as acceptance versus change. DBT was created to help clients achieve a “dialectical synthesis”, or a balance of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. If we do not honor the opposing sides by allowing space for each to exist, we experience emotional suffering and find ourselves stuck in “all-or-nothing” thinking patterns. Together, we aim to move away from extreme ways of thinking and develop a mindset of both and rather than either or.