Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT provides clients with a new set of skills to manage painful emotions. DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Each one of these areas has a different set of skills to learn and with practice, eventually gain mastery in.
Mindfulness focuses on improving ones ability to accept what is going on in the present moment. This skill set helps individuals learn how to make decisions while in the wise mind instead of the emotional or reasonable mind. Individuals are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings utilizing their five senses to bring them back to the present moment.
Distress tolerance helps give clients the ability to manage negative emotions rather than escaping from the reality of what is painful in the moment. Individuals learn a set of skills that help them cope and survive during a crisis as well as being able to tolerate long and short-term emotional pain.
Emotional regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in one’s life. It reduces vulnerability toward emotions that one does not want to feel and increases resiliency when these emotions come up. This set of skills focuses on identifying emotions, describing emotions and increasing positive emotions in one’s life and how that can occur.
Interpersonal effectiveness is about how we interact with other people and the relationships we have. The skills in this category gives clients an alternative way to communicate with others in a healthy way that is assertive, maintains self respect and can ultimately strengthen the relationship.
Adolescent DBT groups are now available for sign up! See if there is a group that is right for you or your loved one.