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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan and DBT IS extraordinarily effective at helping people manage overwhelming emotions. DBT promotes the balance between change and acceptance (Linehan, 1993a). People need  to change the behaviors in their life that are creating more suffering for themselves and others while simultaneously also accepting themselves the way they are. DBT depends on acceptance and change, not acceptance or change.


Benefits of DBT

1. DBT strengthens a person’s ability to handle distress without losing control or acting destructively.

2. DBT helps you keep your balance when strong emotions overwhelm you.

3. DBT facilitates acceptance of your emotions without judgment so as to handle the emotions in a  Healthy way.

4 Skills of DBT

1.  Distress tolerance  will help you cope better with painful events by building up your resiliency and   giving you new ways to soften the effects of upsetting circumstances.

2.  Mindfulness  will help you experience more fully the present moment while focusing less on painful

    experiences from the past or frightening possibilities in the future. Mindfulness will also give you tools

    Overcome habitual, negative judgments about yourself and others.

3.  Emotion regulation skills  help you to recognize more clearly what you feel and then to observe each

    emotion without getting overwhelmed by it. The goal is to modulate your feelings without behaving in

    reactive, destructive ways.

4.  Interpersonal effectiveness  gives you new tools to express your beliefs and needs, set limits, and

    negotiate solutions to problems- all while protecting your relationships and treating others with


(Taken from The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook  by Matthew Mckay, Jeffrey.C and Jeffrey B)


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