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DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

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DBT is a type of talk therapy based on CBT, but specially adapted for people who experience emotions very intensely. The aim of DBT is to help:

  • Understand and accept difficult feelings

  • Learn skills to manage them

  • Become able to make positive changes in your life

  1. Core Mindfulness Skills

  2. Distress Tolerance Skills

  3. Emotion Regulation Skills

  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Key Skills to be learned in DBT are:

DBT has proven effective for treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions, including: anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), self-harm, suicidal behavior, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder, and eating disorders (specifically binge eating disorders and bulimia). “Dialectical” refers to the combining of opposite ideas to understand how two things that seem opposite can co-exist and that both can be true (e.g. you can have both fear AND courage at the same time. You can love your partner AND at the same time not be happy in the relationship. You can see and understand another person’s opinion or perspective AND also see that it remains valid even if different than yours. You had a bad childhood AND you can still have a good life. You cannot like a situation AND you can still accept it as your current reality.). 

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