Are you unhappy in your relationships? Do you find that you are often in conflict with friends, family, or a partner? Perhaps you feel isolated socially and find it difficult to make and keep healthy relationships. Do you feel highly stressed or easily frustrated? Are you struggling with a lot of anxiety or other strong emotion that you wish you can understand and control better? If so, perhaps DBT could help.
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD in the 1970s at the University Of Washington. It is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tenants that focus on and help to change our maladaptive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that can cause us distress.
The main goal of DBT is to help us to keep in balance things that seem to be at odds or incompatible. For example, DBT regularly focuses on balancing acceptance and change. Through DBT we learn how to accept our positions in life and how the world currently is, while still encouraging us to identify and work on healthy change in areas of ourselves that we have control over.
What is learned through DBT?
DBT helps people learn and apply skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Mindfulness: These skills help us to live in the moment without worrying about things that may or may not ever happen in the future. We learn how to be non-judgmental with others or ourselves.
Distress Tolerance: These skills help us to cope with daily frustrations. We also develop the survival skills in times of high stress or crisis.
Emotional Regulation: These skills help us to understand, express, and control our emotions better. Through emotional regulation we learn that we can tolerate difficult emotions and that we do not have to act on our emotions. We can learn to increase positive and decrease negative emotions.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: These skills help to improve our relationships with others. Interpersonal effectiveness teaches the tools to handle conflict and still maintain healthy relationships. We are able to recognize how to get our needs and wants met in a relationship.
Who will DBT help?
DBT can help anyone who is struggling with difficult emotions, is having trouble in relationships, or finds it difficult to solve problems and cope with situations in their life.
Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about DBT for yourself.