Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a modified version of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). DBT adds other skills such as mindfulness, tolerating distress and acceptance techniques to CBT. It was created initially with the intent of treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and chronically suicidal individuals. DBT has been shown to be effective in treating several other conditions including mood disorders and eating disorders.
The main concept of DBT is to help individuals be more aware of their emotional states, understand the thoughts which caused them to feel those emotions, and then applying a range of techniques to cope with those thoughts and emotions. DBT has 4 focus areas: Mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
DBT therapists will teach you skills that you can use to control your emotional states. They will continuously help you improve the way you apply these techniques in your life. Message one of the DBT providers on RingMD to find out more!