Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is DBT?

DBT was developed with the goal of helping individuals who experience emotions more strongly and those who may respond to the emotions more impulsively to learn ways to regulate their emotions in more effective ways. Core to the DBT philosophy is that we may not have caused all of our problems but we are responsible for solving them. DBT involves learning how to solve those problems through a lens that integrates both acceptance and change.

DBT Goals

Learn skills in 4 different areas

  1. Mindfulness – be more present
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness – have better relationships
  3. Emotion Regulation – manage fluctuations in mood
  4. Distress Tolerance – handle crisis situations