Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. Used to treat a variety of mental health concerns, DBT focuses on four key principles. These concepts include:

The Four Main Pillars of DBT:

1: Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves learning to be fully present at the moment, not concerning yourself with what has happened in the past or what might possibly happen in the future. Instead, mindfulness teaches one to ground themselves in the “right now” of life.

2: Distress Tolerance

In order to better cope with the challenges of life, it is important to develop skills that will help you tolerate and manage difficult situations. This may involve learning how to better deal with intense emotions, developing a stronger sense of self-control, or learning how to effectively problem-solve.

3: Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation skills involve learning how to identify and manage emotions in a healthy way. This may include learning how to express emotions in a constructive manner, developing coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult emotions, or learning how to effectively set boundaries.

4: Interpersonal Effectiveness

In order to achieve your goals and maintain healthy relationships, it is important to develop interpersonal effectiveness skills. This may involve learning how to assert yourself in a respectful way, learning how to communicate effectively, or learning how to handle conflict in a healthy way.

Goals of DBT

Strengthen Relationships

The first goal of DBT is to help you strengthen your relationships. This may involve learning how to communicate effectively, setting boundaries in a healthy way, or resolving conflict in a constructive manner.

Identify and Tolerate pain

The second goal of DBT is to help you identify and tolerate pain. This may involve learning how to effectively deal with difficult emotions, developing a stronger sense of self-control, or learning how to problem-solve in a way that is effective for you.

Stimulate Awareness

The third goal of DBT is to help you stimulate your awareness. This may involve learning how to be present at the moment, learning how to effectively deal with intense emotions, or developing coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult situations.

Recognize Feeling

The fourth goal of DBT is to help you recognize the feeling as a fact. This may involve learning how to identify and manage emotions in a healthy way, learning how to express emotions in a constructive manner, or learning how to set boundaries in a way that is effective for you.

How DBT Can Help

People who experience extreme shifts in their emotions often see the world in black-and-white. It can feel like one is always jumping from one crisis to the next. 

Because few people understand such reactions, a person living with a mood swing-intensive condition like borderline personality disorder may not have the necessary coping skills to adapt to intense surges of emotion. DBT can be used to help develop healthy coping strategies for when these moments arise. 

Get DBT Treatment in Hollywood, FL

At Compassion Behavioral Health, our team of experienced therapists provides DBT and a wealth of other mental health treatment services to people throughout the United States from our treatment center in beautiful Hollywood, Florida. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (844) 999-0874 or contact us online.