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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mental health is essential for living a healthy, happy life. Should you be struggling with mental health issues, the right mental health therapy program can help you understand and address the root causes of your struggles. If seeking professional help, consider searching for programs or services using cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is one of the most popular forms of mental health care. Greater Boston Behavioral Health (GBBH) offers a cognitive-behavioral therapy program in Boston, MA. Call us today at the Behavioral Health Helpline to learn more about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and how it can help you improve your mental health.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

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.

The Four Tenets of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

There are four core tenets that make up dialectical behavior therapy:

Distress Tolerance

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.

Emotion Regulation

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.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

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.

The Benefits of Our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Mental Health

Why is dialectical behavior therapy so effective? Here are just a few of the many benefits it can provide:

  • Improved self-awareness – With DBT, clients become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, strengths, limitations, and overall identity
  • Improved insight – Clients learn how to identify and understand their own patterns of thinking and behavior so they can make more informed decisions
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression – DBT helps clients address the root causes of their mental health issues, enabling them to manage and cope with difficult emotions more effectively
  • Improved relationships – Clients learn how to effectively communicate their needs and views without compromising self-respect or damaging relationships with others

At every turn, dialectical behavior therapy helps to bring balance and stability into a person’s life.

Contact GBBH for Effective DBT in Boston

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.

Contact us today to learn more about the many benefits of dialectical behavior therapy and how it can help you reach your goals. Call us today at Behavioral Health Helpline or reach out online to get started.
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