Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Change the way you feel.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) includes concepts and tools that are extremely useful to people suffering from anxiety or distress. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan based at the University of Washington, DBT focuses on core skills rooted in four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation, to help people learn predictable skills for managing intense emotions, negative thought patterns, and detrimental behaviors.

Central to DBT is a guiding philosophy of radical acceptance—that although life can entail injustice and suffering, we can learn to accept these realities and embrace our agency in spite of our often difficult circumstances. Through structured skills, clients build the scaffolding to experience greater contentment, resilience, and more healthy relationships. DBT frees us to recognize our options for increasing healthy relationship patterns and managing intense emotions. People who struggle with intense emotionality often stay hyper focused on the past or the future, missing the gifts of the present moment. DBT helps us to slow down and connect to the moment, encouraging us to notice our physical and emotional experiences as we live them-and to apply practical skills for improving our challenges in the present.


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