Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices including Eastern mindfulness techniques.  At Quality Counseling, we offer DBT skills training on an individual basis.

Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of counseling for people who have mental health disorders that impair the ability to regulate emotions, such as borderline personality disorder.

DBT  focuses on reducing destructive behaviors by teaching healthy ways to adapt and cope with challenges and feelings of frustration or lack of power. It teaches skills related to regulating emotions, interacting in relationships, and tolerating distress.  

Do you want to increase you ability to survive a crisis, have more control over your emotionsimprove your relationships, be more present and less judgmental? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is for you.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a model of therapy created by Marsha Linehan specifically to treat her clients who were struggling with chronic suicidal ideation and engaging in self-injury. The therapy is very effective at decreasing suffering and ending problematic behaviors. But DBT skills can be helpful, even if your pain is not life threatening.

DBT skills have been taught to many different types of people from those who were overwhelmed with work stress to people struggling with parenthood, to adolescents who self-harm to deal with their stress. They were all able to benefit from the skills. The fact is that DBT skills are good life skills from which anyone can benefit.

  1. Skills for Distress: Everyone has distress, trauma, pain...some kind of discomfort at one time or another. When you ignore, fight against, deny or otherwise avoid the pain it only grows causing suffering. These skills teach you accept reality and get through crisis without making the situation worse
  2. Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions: In this emotion phobic society, many of us have difficulty expressing our emotions. These skills teach you to understand and experience emotions more comfortably. The ultimate goal is to give you more control over your emotions rather than feeling like your emotions have control over you.
  3. People Skills: Whether it’s the boss, the kids, the parents or the partner, we all need to improve our communication with someone. With these skills you learn to communicate more effectively so you can get your needs met without damaging your relationships.
  4. Mindfulness Skills (Skills for Paying Attention): Mindfulness is often associated with meditation where in a structured setting you practice paying attention to the moment, noticing your thoughts and feelings without judgment. These skills teach you to bring the practice of meditation into the activity of life. Mindfulness has enormous benefits including: decreasing depression and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing pain tolerance and strengthening relationships.

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