Treatments - Best Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Master your mind.

 

Born of Buddhist principles in mindfulness and meditation, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that has been shown to effectively combat mood, eating, and substance abuse disorders. Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, DBT emphasizes techniques for emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and acceptance.

Linehan developed DBT to help patients who found CBT’s constant focus on change invalidating and counterproductive. If you’re highly sensitive or experience extremely painful problems like severe bipolar and addiction, DBT helps you return safely to baseline arousal levels through self-awareness and coping skills training.

DBT usually involves weekly group or one-on-one psychotherapy sessions that focus on problem-solving skills to avert destructive behaviors and thinking patterns you experience on a daily basis.

How does it work?

 

Whereas CBT focuses on challenging negative thoughts and redirecting thinking patterns toward goals, DBT focuses on accepting these uncomfortable thoughts instead of struggling with or denying them. Counselors will first ask you to identify the thought, emotion, or behavior to understand the trigger. Once this understanding has been reached, the process of change seems less impossible.

 

“Dialectic” refers to the therapist trying to establish the difficult balance between acceptance and change and the integration of these two concepts into everyday life. In DBT, counselors will gradually teach you how to use your “Wise Mind”, the happy medium between extreme mind “parts” referred to as “Reasonable Mind” and “Emotion Mind”. Wise Mind is achieved through self-awareness and recognizing an emotion or behavior before it becomes a destructive action.

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