Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is composed of four basic areas of treatment. These are Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Skills.
Techniques that help us to become more mindful seem simple but bring profound results in reducing anxiety. Mindfulness brings our life into focus. It leads us to this present moment where we are free of past disappointments and future dilemma’s or worries. It is in this mindfully present moment where you find your self again, where you can make the best possible decisions, from a place of awareness instead of fear. Instead of roulette or chance, you make a decision from a place of clarity.
Distress Tolerance is another aspect of DBT. Wouldn’t we all like to enjoy a bit more capacity for frustration? Waiting in line, paying bills, being cut off in traffic — so many distressing experiences in today’s world. Learning to tolerate distress in life helps us feel more capable, compassionate, patient and kind. Emotional Regulation is really about getting to know ourselves better: exploring our feelings and learning to observe our reactions. It teaches us to question the
assumptions we make about ourselves and others and to seek understanding and truth. Interpersonal skills help us with all relationships.
DBT was designed to decrease our emotional suffering, increase our time spent enjoying a positive mood and help us to understand our experience. It has been an effective therapy and adjunct therapy to those recovering from trauma, those experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief and other difficult emotions. DBT is also very valuable for people changing their lifestyle and seeking to end compulsive or addictive behaviors.