Sunday, October 26, 2014

5 Reasons DBT Is For You

  1. You feel controlled by your emotions.

Dialectical behavior therapy targets problems with emotion dysregulation -- that is, problems managing the moment-to-moment flow of emotions that we all experience.  DBT can help you learn skills to make yourself less vulnerable to negative emotions, to add positive emotional experiences to your life, and to mindfully experience, accept, and love your emotional states.

  1. Sometimes you feel life is not worth living.

DBT is not a suicide prevention program, but rather a program to help you create a life that you will want to live.  This happens through learning skills and applying them to your life.

  1. You find it difficult to ask for what you need.

DBT’s interpersonal effectiveness skills training includes sessions specifically focused on learning how to make a request of another person -- and, just as important, how to respond when something is asked of you.  This includes analyzing the relational context and considering what your goals are in a particular situation.

  1. Thoughts are always running through your head and you would like to slow them down.

At the core of dialectical behavior therapy is mindfulness, a collection of practices that Marsha Linehan has imported from the Zen tradition.  Mindfulness skills are incorporated throughout the therapy.

  1. You’ve been in therapy before and is has not helped.

DBT has helped many people who have tried therapy many times without any relief.  DBT’s comprehensive approach to learning skills in a group setting, applying them, and targeting specific behaviors in individual therapy has helped people to create lives worth living and to experience more joy.

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