Dialectical Behavior Therapy
12 Sep, 2016. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Sara Czubak, M.A., L.L.P.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of treatment that simultaneously integrates acceptance and change. It teaches behavioral skills based on these principles: acceptance through mindfulness and distress tolerance and change through interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation. Mindfulness helps a client to be fully attentive to their outer and inner environment, while distress tolerance helps them tolerate rather than change pain. Interpersonal effectiveness improves communication, relationships, and self-respect. Finally, emotion regulation helps the client to change negative emotions. DBT has been shown to be effective for suicidal individuals and is a typical treatment for those with borderline personality disorder. Dialectical behavior therapy can also be helpful to treat other mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.CTA MFP png

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