August 19, 2016

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Offered both in individual therapy for adults and adolescents or a weekly skills group for adults, DBT is considered the treatment of choice for people with impulsivity, difficulties in relationships, emotional dysregulation, self-harm, and suicidal behaviors.
  • Focuses on the balance between change and acceptance.
  • Four core modules: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance.
  • DBT can decrease:
    • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
    • Self-harm.
    • Hopelessness.
    • Anger and irritability.
    • Substance use.
    • Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • DBT can increase:
    • Emotional control.
    • Relationship health.
    • Life satisfaction.