Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a skills-based type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The primary goals of DBT include helping people regulate their emotions, have more successful interpersonal relationships, increase their distress tolerance, and be more mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and environment.
Though it was designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT is also effective in treating substance abuse as well as a variety of mental health disorders, including eating disorders.
Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Components
Treatment In Stages
- In the first stage of DBT, clients often have out-of-control behavior and are miserable. They may try to harm or even kill themselves. Some of them use alcohol or drugs and engage in self-destructive activities. The therapist’s objective is to help them achieve control over their behavior.
- Clients may feel as though they live in quiet desperation during the second stage. Although their behavior is under control, they continue to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or similar issues. Therapists aim to treat co-occurring disorders, like PTSD, if it’s part of the client’s diagnoses.
- During the third stage of DBT, clients learn to live. They define goals for their lives and learn to respect themselves. Our therapists also help them achieve happiness and peace.
- Not all clients need the fourth stage of treatment. It involves finding a deeper meaning in life through spirituality. It’s only necessary when living with ordinary happiness and unhappiness doesn’t work. During this stage, clients transition from feeling incomplete to leading a life full of freedom and joy.