Is DBT for me?
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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Skills-Based Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) emphasizes acceptance of negative emotions and experiences while working on developing coping and self-regulation skills.
focus on emotion regulation
builds capacity for mindfulness and self-observation skills
provides practical solutions for distress tolerance
teaches ways to be interpersonally effective
good for BPD (borderline personality disorder), those who self-harm
Why I Fell in Love with DBT and Moderate Thinking
When I teach DBT skills, I feel confident that I am equipping my clients with the tools needed to think more critically and behave more effectively in their daily lives, as well as with a firm foundation for deeper, more meaningful psychodynamic work.
If you struggle with letting go of unhelpful thoughts, setting boundaries, finding and maintaining healthy relationships, regulating uncomfortable feelings, and acting in your best interest without self-sabotage, then DBT might be for you.
The observing ego
The past repeats itself when we are not growing and our stale thoughts and interpretations of events and motives recreate old patterns. Mindfulness is about changing the nature of our relationship with our own thoughts and feelings. This allows us to observe our experience with fresh eyes, unclouded by past wounds.
When we bring our mental behaviors (e.g., assumptions, feelings, implicit beliefs) into awareness, we give ourselves the gifts of agency and intention.