4 Major Skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


DBT Behavior Therapy Techniques

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based psychotherapy is use to treat a variety of conditions. Strategies and techniques used include:

Emotion Regulation: Learn to manage, change, and accept the different emotions, so that your emotions don’t control you. When you are able to recognize extreme emotional states, it reduces your emotional vulnerability and helps you have more positive emotional experiences and manage stress.

Interpersonal effectiveness Learning how to interact with the people around you, personal relationships and the challenges that can create a stressful environment.
It helps with understanding how to communicate clearly and without animosity when you disagree or say no to a situation or request.
Distress tolerance skills help you get through rough patches without turning to potentially destructive coping techniques by teaching you how to distract yourself until you’re calm enough to deal with the situation or emotion.
Some techniques include:
* Self-soothing
* Improving the stressful situation
* Thinking of the pros and cons of the situation
* Distracting yourself
Mindfulness: Learn how to be truly present and being aware of and accepting what’s happening in the present moment. It is a skill that requires practice and it allows an individual to objectively review and interpret the events around them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy may be effective in treating bipolar disorder, eating disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic distress disorder (PTSD)