Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

If you find yourself at the mercy of your emotions, or feel trapped in difficult relationships, self-sabotage, and illness. If you often find yourself behaving impulsively to escape emotional pain, you may have found that this can damage your relationships with others.

DBT is a collection of tools that can be used by those who can’t stand feeling intense emotions, who may behave impulsively to escape the pain, causing damage to relationships with others.

DBT was originally developed for the treatment of those who have borderline personality disorder, which is characterized by extreme emotional sensitivity that leads them to engage in impulsive self-sabotaging and self-destructive behavior. Because many other mental health problems are characterized by emotional sensitivity, DBT can be used successfully to treat anxiety, mood, and impulse control disorders, various addictions, as well as eating and personality disorders. In short, DBT can be used effectively with most mental health problems, and can be used in individual and group therapy.

You may have heard of mindfulness, the state of mind evoked in those who practice Zen Buddhism. Zen Buddhists are known for their sense of serenity. But you don’t have to be a Zen Buddhist to reap the benefits of mindfulness. DBT is an acceptance and mindfulness-based approach that addresses the fear of feeling intense emotion, and can help you become far more able to tolerate and regulate your emotions. It combines the principles of self-acceptance and mindfulness along with the cognitive behavioral therapy that reduces your suffering and promotes real behavioral change that can make all the difference in the quality of your life.