Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a counseling treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. It is designed to help adults who struggle with regulating their emotional responses and often act on impulsive behaviors.
One of the main reasons DBT is so effective in such a wide range of problems, is that it can teach you how to manage your overwhelming emotions more effectively, and helps you learn to handle distress in healthier ways, without losing control.
No two DBT treatments are alike. Because the core of DBT involves exploring the specific background of the individual, every DBT treatment is completely customized, based solely on your individual experiences.
Answer the following questions to see if the DBT skills might be helpful for you:
- Do you often find yourself living in the past, ruminating or dwelling on things that have happened, or living in the future, worrying about what might happen?
- When you’re experiencing a crisis, do you tend to make the situation worse by behaving in self-destructive ways (such as using substances, harming or threatening to harm yourself, lashing out at the people you care about, excessive spending, gambling, or disordered eating)?
- Do you find that you react emotionally to situations that others don’t, that your emotional response is more intense, or that it takes you longer to calm down from that emotional reaction than others?
- Are your relationships chaotic? Do you have difficulties asserting yourself, asking for what you want or saying no to others’ requests? Do your relationships often end before you want them to?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, DBT counseling will likely be helpful for you.