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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

(DBT)

Some people have intense reactions to certain emotional situations such as romantic, family or friend relationships. Arousal levels in these situations can increase very quickly and may take a long time for the emotional reaction to decrease. Many people do not have the necessary skills for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion.


DBT is a method that teaches skills necessary to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.

DBT teaches skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness improves one's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance increases tolerance of negative emotions, rather than trying to escape from them. Third, emotion regulation helps manage and change intense emotions that cause problems in one's life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness improves communication in a way that is assertive, maintains self respect, and strengthens relationships.