Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT was developed originally to assist people who struggle with intense up and down emotional instability. Individuals who struggle with intense emotions may develop Ineffective behaviors as a way to regulate those out of control emotions.
Common ineffective/avoidance behaviors treated in DBT are substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, codependency, process addictions, aggression, isolation, impulsivity, suicidality, and violence. There is growing evidence for DBT skills training as a treatment for depression, anger issues, ADHD, personality disorders, and anxiety.
DBT therapists have specialized training that qualifies them to facilitate DBT skills training groups. In a DBT skills group, you can expect to receive formalized coaching in four modules: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. You will also be given assignments each week to practice incorporating these skills into your everyday life. Individuals in skills training are also required to be engaging in weekly therapy sessions with their therapist.
DBT is used in both individual and group therapy sessions.