Designed to access the intricacies of interpersonal relationships, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teaches clients to create balance, to regulate emotion, and to practice tolerance in their recovery.
The term “dialectical” refers to a synthesis or integration of opposites, or in this case, an overall transformation through the seemingly divergent processes of acceptance and change. This technique instills mindfulness in both therapists and clients, and aims to establish connections between past behaviors and future reactions.
Used to treat a variety of mental health concerns, DBT focuses on four key principles. These concepts include mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. All areas of DBT aim to strengthen relationships, to identify and tolerate pain, to stimulate awareness, and to recognize feeling.
DBT offers the individual an opportunity to become fully aware of their own thoughts and behaviors, and the ways in which their behaviors have affected others. Focused on rebuilding positive foundations in behavior, DBT is a leading methodology in addiction treatment.