What is DBT?


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a skills-focused therapy that balances change with acceptance. The foremost assumption in DBT is that the patient is doing the best they can and they want to get better! DBT was developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan, PhD, the founder of DBT and Behavioral Tech. DBT is an evidence-based treatment with proven results. The principle goal of DBT is a "Life Worth Living."


MINDFULNESS

To improve the ability to stay focused (observe, describe, and participate) in the present moment, nonjudgmentally and effectively.


INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS SKILLS

To improve and enhance relationships and one's ability to get objectives met and become assertive enough to set appropriate boundaries with others.


DISTRESS TOLERANCE SKILLS

Adaptive coping skills to reduce impulsive and self-harming, self-destructive behaviors and quality-of-life interfering behaviors.


EMOTIONAL REGULATION SKILLS

To reduce suffering and vulnerability to emotional triggers and improve one’s ability to cope with emotional pain.


THE FIFTH DBT SKILL: VALIDATION

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Validation is a very important skill that reduces emotional vulnerability by encouraging the use of self-validation as opposed to self-invalidation. In layman’s terms, validation is the polar opposite of “beating yourself up,” and emphasizes loving kindness and self-compassion. View this video for a clever and entertaining demonstration of this dynamic concept.


MORE ABOUT DBT SKILLS

Individual DBT therapy addresses many other issues in addition to teaching the application of the skills. Eventually, when skills are learned and in place, individuals may choose to work on any past trauma they may have. The overarching goal of DBT treatment is to create a Life Worth Living!