Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an answer for emotions that are out of control, such as anxiety and depression. Studies have also proven that it is effective for a wide range of mental health issues, such as borderline personality disorder.
Have you ever fought against anxiety, only to find that stressing about it simply seems to increase it? Traditional cognitive behavioral therapy attempts to solve affective disorders such as anxiety and depression by countering them head-on. However, if you are reading this, it is possible that you have come to the same conclusion that I—and many others—have come to:
You can’t rely on sheer will power to muscle your way through life.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides a different answer to this dilemma. A DBT therapist recognizes that black-and-white thinking is the culprit, and that acceptance and change must work together. Furthermore he recognizes that we are often our own worst enemy when it comes to resolving our stressors. DBT is about adopting a different perspective on life and on ourselves.
There are four main skills which we work on in DBT therapy. These four pillars are mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance.
- Mindfulness skills help to ground you in the present moment, and they serve to increase your self-awareness.
- Interpersonal skills involve setting boundaries with yourself and with those around you. They involve learning how to say “no.”
- Emotional regulation addresses both the behaviors and thinking patterns that get you into trouble.
- Distress tolerance skills help you learn to deal with situations, feelings, and crises that are uncomfortable.
Contact me to see if DBT skills training might be a good fit for you. +1 (331) 826-5048