Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy developed by Marsha Linehan that combines traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques with approaches such as mindfulness and acceptance strategies. It is designed to help people who have difficulty regulating their emotions or managing intense feelings of distress, anger, or sadness. The goal of DBT is to teach clients new skills for managing difficult situations so they can begin to live healthier and happier lives.
There are four core tenets that make up dialectical behavior therapy:
DBT teaches clients how to manage intense feelings in a healthy way without resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse or self-destructive behaviors. It also helps them develop the ability to accept difficult situations rather than trying to avoid or deny them.
Clients learn how to identify and express their feelings in a healthy manner while also learning how to reduce negative emotions through relaxation techniques and distraction methods such as journaling or meditating. They also learn how to change negative thought patterns into more positive ones.
DBT helps clients learn better communication skills so they can navigate relationships more effectively. This includes identifying boundaries and assertively communicating needs without compromising self-respect or damaging relationships with others.
Clients learn simple meditation practices such as focusing on the present moment rather than worrying about what happened in the past or what could happen in the future. This helps them stay focused on their goals and be less reactive when faced with difficult situations or challenging emotions.
Why is dialectical behavior therapy so effective? Here are just a few of the many benefits it can provide:
At every turn, dialectical behavior therapy helps to bring balance and stability into a person’s life.
If you’re looking for effective treatment for mental health concerns, then look no further than Greater Boston Behavioral Health. Our experienced team provides personalized dialectical behavior therapy in our Boston center. Through our outpatient mental health treatment programs, we help clients improve their emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships to live healthier, happier lives.