Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines a variety of different therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness exercises, talk therapy, and psycho-educational skill building. This combined approach is highly effective in healing self-destructive behaviors such as cutting, teaching emotional regulation, and assisting with other issues that stem from traumatic experiences.
If you are an emotionally intense person, you may find that the ways you cope with difficult things in your life are personally destructive. What dialectical behavioral therapy does is help you manage your emotions, take responsibility for yourself and respond to adversity without destructive behavior.
Though designed initially to treat women with borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavioral therapy has been successfully adapted to manage a variety of other issues, including eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, and anger management. DBT helps people understand that they are doing the best they can at the moment but that they can, nonetheless, learn life skills and be more effective in their endeavors.
Our dialectical behavioral therapy focuses on the following life 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