Dialectal behavior therapy is a type of psychotherapy that has been efficiently used to treat borderline disorder, various types of mood disorders, substance abuse and many other severe issues. The method focuses on teaching the patients how to change their own behavior through four main strategies:
- Mindfulness skills – the most important strategy teaches the patient how to live in the present moment, paying attention to internal processes, such as thought and impulses as well as to the outside world in a non-judgmental way. The most important exercises used for learning this strategy are breathing exercises;
- Distress tolerance – this strategy is about learning how to cope with stress and crises through distractions that release emotions;
- Interpersonal effectiveness – this strategy teaches the patient how to become more assertive in interpersonal relationships while still maintaining those relationships. One of the most important benefits of this strategy is that patients learn to say no in a tactful and polite way and they learn to listen and to communicate better with difficult people;
- Emotion regulation – this strategy is aimed at teaching patients how to cope with their own powerful emotions and feelings by learning how to identify and how to change those emotions and feelings. Do a search on DBT therapy near me to find the closest and most convenient offices close to you.