Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is founded on the idea of dialectics, or balanced opposites. What does that mean, exactly? Think of it as a mental transition from a black-and-white "either-or" outlook to a balanced "both-and" mindset.

Similar to ACT, DBT is focused on developing skils around acceptance and directed change.


You can expect DBT to involve four main strategies or tools for you to take into life: mindfulness, distress tolerance/resilience, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.


All of these tools will increase your ability to be present, accept your negative emotions and face them head on, mitigate them in a healthy way, and communicate with others in a strong and respectful manner.

DBT is an effective therapeutic methodology for those who experience intense negative emotions that impact their ability to maintain relationships or communicate with friends, family, coworkers, or partners.

Sessions can be conducted in one-on-one or group settings. Due to the practical nature of the skills you are developing, you can expect these sessions to be hands-on and have "homework" assigned to reinforce what you're learning in your day-to-day life.

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