Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT):
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that equips clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and to reduce conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. These areas include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Mindfulness focuses on improving one’s ability to accomplish acceptance and to be present in the current moment. This concept is also geared towards non-judgment towards self and others and to be aware of your feelings in the moment. To observe and allow the experience.
Distress Tolerance focuses on increasing one’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to run away from it. The goal of distress tolerance is radical acceptance, meaning to accept reality as it is.
Emotion Regulation is geared toward strategies to change and manage powerful emotions that cause problems in a person’s life. The theme here is to PAUSE and reflect before responding. This practice is to help change emotional responses, which will better help the client problem solve.
Interpersonal Effectiveness focuses on the techniques that allow a person to connect and communicate with others in a way that is assertive and appropriate to the situation. This practice will help the client to maintain self-respect and strengthen relationships.