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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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Mental Health Cognitive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Hollywood, FL

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a variation of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It focuses on teaching people to be mindful and live in the given moment. The primary goal of DBT is to develop healthy ways to deal with stress, regulate emotions, and reduce conflict. Compared to CBT, DBT places more emphasis on managing emotions and building healthy relationships.

How DBT Works

DBT is often used in a variety of settings such as individual therapy, group therapy, and phone coaching. It revolves around four key areas, which include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation.

During sessions, therapists will offer validation to increase the chance of cooperation and positive change. They may validate that your actions make sense without agreeing that they’re the best way to resolve an issue. Instead, a therapist will work with you to develop new strategies to adopt healthier skills based on the four main pillars of DBT:

Mindfulness

Mindfulness refers to one’s ability to be present in the moment.  This means not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It’s also important to be able to accept difficult situations, rather than avoid them or fixate on what “should have” been done in the past.

How DBT Therapy Works

Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT encourages individuals to develop relationships with others based on mutual respect and compassion. This involves effective communication by paying attention to tone of voice and body language along with what is actually being said.

Distress Tolerance

Distress tolerance is defined as the ability to tolerate feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, or pain in the moment. DBT involves developing effective ways of dealing with difficult or troubling situations that may arise. This can include anything from distracting yourself during a panic attack until it passes, taking deep breaths when angry, or finding a healthy physical release for pent-up nervous energy.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional self-regulation is the process of controlling your emotions in a healthy manner. DBT encourages patients to examine their feelings and develop constructive methods for dealing with them. The aim is to gain an understanding of what these sentiments are and why they occur, rather than attempting to eliminate or hide them.

 

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What Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Helps With

DBT may be an effective treatment for those with a variety of mental health conditions including:

Like CBT, DBT is often widely used in a variety of mental health and substance abuse treatment plans. Depending on your individual situation, it can be used as a component of a multi-therapeutic strategy or on its own.


Benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Develop Healthier Coping Strategies

DBT can teach you strategies to accept and cope with your circumstances and emotions.  These coping methods are designed to empower you to take more positive control over situations in your life.  The idea is that you can apply these strategies to any situation, not just the ones presented by a therapist.

Replace Unhealthy Behaviors

A therapist may help you in developing skills that can enable you to make positive changes in your life. You’ll find it easier to make sense of problems or poor behaviors and replace them with healthier ones. DBT will also allow you to realize your strengths and use them to your advantage.

A More Present Mindset

In addition, DBT can encourage you to slow down and focus on what you need to do to care for yourself in the moment rather than focusing on what may come in the future. DBT goes beyond your mental health and can help you with many aspects of your personal and professional life.

Improved Communication and Relationships

DBT can help you with all sorts of relationships, including those with family members, friends or coworkers. By practicing new ways of communicating and interacting you’ll learn how to cooperate more effectively, even with others that might have felt difficult to get along with in the past. This can be a valuable skill both personally and professionally as it builds self-esteem and self-confidence.

Reduced Chance of Relapsing

The skills learned through DBT can equip you with the means to make healthier decisions in moments that might have triggered maladaptive behaviors in the past. This reduces the risk of relapsing into substance abuse or other maladaptive behaviors that might have negatively impacted your life in the past.

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