DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and it’s appropriate for those who struggle with:

  • Self-Harm

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Emotionally Driven Behavior

  • Anger Difficulties

  • Substance Use

  • Suicidal Tendencies

  • Relationship Conflicts

DBT pursues a balance of self-acceptance and positive change. The technique helps through the process of learning and practicing emotional and cognitive skills, then applying them in real life. DBT tackles distressing and overwhelming emotions and it helps you control your emotions, when you have them, and how you experience them. In DBT, we focus on:

  • Mindfulness - focusing on the present.

  • Distress Tolerance - learning to accept oneself and the current situation, especially during a crisis.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness - learning how to be assertive in a relationship while still keeping the relationship positive and healthy.

  • Emotion Regulation - recognizing and coping with negative emotions.

DBT is my most-used therapeutic approach because I’ve seen it work so well for my clients, especially clients between the age of 10 and 25. Research on DBT has also shown its effectiveness with individuals, including adolescents and young adults, in therapy.


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