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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

DBT aims to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

DBT provides individuals with new skills to process painful emotions and reduce conflict in their relationships. The term “dialectical” comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy—acceptance and change—can produce more positive results than either of these concepts alone (Behavioral Tech, 2017). Clients can reach their goals when they work with a therapist to synthesize these two opposites (Valentine, Bankoff, Poulin, Reidler, & Pantalone, 2014).

Mindfulness

Is simply being present in the moment, without judgment, overthinking, or invalidating your experience.

 

Interpersonal Effectiveness

These skills include effective strategies for asking for what you need, how to assertively say ‘no,’ and learning to cope with inevitable interpersonal conflict.

 

Distress Tolerance

This skill relates to an ability to accept, in a nonjudgmental fashion, both oneself and the current situation.

 

Emotion Regulation

A skill to help us understand the function of emotions, the action urge that accompanies each emotion, and whether to heed or oppose these urges.

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If you want to know more about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, listen to the expert give an overview of the vital aspects of this important therapy model.

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