What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on helping individuals regulate their emotions and develop healthy coping skills. DBT is based on the idea that individuals with certain mental health conditions, such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), may have difficulty regulating their emotions and may engage in destructive or self-destructive behaviors as a result.

DBT aims to help individuals improve their emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills, as well as develop healthy coping skills to manage their emotions and challenges. DBT typically involves regular sessions with a therapist, and may also include individual and group skills training.

In DBT, individuals learn skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Mindfulness skills help individuals stay present in the moment and accept their thoughts and feelings without judgment. Distress tolerance skills help individuals cope with difficult emotions and situations in a healthy way. Emotion regulation skills help individuals identify and manage their emotions, and develop healthier ways of responding to them. Interpersonal effectiveness skills help individuals communicate effectively and assertively in their relationships.

DBT can be effective in treating individuals with BPD and other conditions that involve intense and difficult-to-control emotions. By teaching individuals healthy coping skills, DBT can help them manage their emotions and improve their overall mental health and well-being.