Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, psycho-educational skill building and mindfulness exercises. This combined approach is highly effective in healing self-destructive behaviors and managing emotional overwhelm that oftentimes stem from traumatic experiences.
If you are frequently overwhelmed by emotions and this is affecting your relationships (with others and yourself)as well as your ability to make effective decisions, dialectical behavioral therapy can help you manage your emotions and respond to adversity without destructive behavior.
Namely, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy has demonstrated success with destructive behaviors associated with eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm and anger management. DBT empowers people take charge of their lives and equips individuals with emotion regulation that help with effective decision making and to cope with circumstances that are sometimes out of their control.
DBT focuses on the following skills:
- Mindfulness: Focusing the mind, directing attention, understanding how you feel
- Emotional Regulation: Reducing emotional intensity
- Distress Tolerance: Reducing impulsivity, managing crises
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Keeping relationships steady, getting what you need, maintaining self-respect