DBT is a form of CBT, and is a therapeutic approach aimed at helping people develop various healthy ways to:
effectively tolerate, manage, & control emotions
- live in the moment
- cope with stress
- control behavior
- improve relationships, &
- build more meaningful lives.
Within MPP, DBT is being used to help people (adults & adolescents) who are struggling with a wide variety of problems including depression , anxiety , trauma, emotion dysregulation, & bipolar disorder . The common factor in all of these problems is overwhelming emotions & difficulty figuring out how to manage them.
DBT teaches four groups of practical skills that will help you in many areas of your life:
- Emotion Regulation: Will help you identify & name your feelings, & then learn how to tolerate them without getting overwhelmed
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Will give you the tools to improve your relationships; ask for what you want in an effective way, say "no", & establish appropriate boundaries in a respectful & healthy way
- Distress Tolerance: Will help you distract from painful situations when you can't cope with them, & then relax & soothe yourself
- Mindfulness Skills: Will help you stay focused on what's happening in the present moment, concentrate, & make healthier choices as a result.
Participation in DBT therapy can improve your day-to-day experience of the world, your mood, & your quality of life.
DBT has also been empirically demonstrated to reduce suicidal behavior, reduce self-harm behavior, reduce the frequency of inpatient hospitalizations, & improve social adjustment.