What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?
DBT therapy is often used with clients who have more severe mental health symptoms. It has been shown to be an approach that is effective in treating substance use, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, depression, and borderline personality disorder.
At Mind Body Health, we do not specialize in providing a full DBT experience with phone coaching. Instead, we focus on helping clients learn and use DBT skills. Clients will work with their individual therapist to discuss situations that occur during the week and how they can practice using DBT skills.
There are four main areas in which clients will begin developing coping skills:
- Mindfulness: Being aware of what is happening in the present moment
- Emotion Regulation: Learning how to manage emotion
- Distress Tolerance: Learning how to tolerate painful thoughts, feelings or emotions in the moment
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning to effectively ask for things and saying no