Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Similar to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach that aims to teach residents how to live in the present moment and gives them tools to face intense emotions. This approach supports the dialectic philosophy that all things are interconnected, and change is constant and inevitable. Initially designed for borderline personality disorder, DBT has been adapted to treat other mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicidal ideation.

How Does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Work?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) operates through a structured and comprehensive approach that integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, and dialectical thinking. It’s designed to help residents develop skills to manage intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and enhance their overall emotional well-being.

DBT provides a comprehensive toolkit for individuals to regulate emotions, cope with distress, navigate relationships, and improve their overall emotional resilience. The structured approach and emphasis on practical skills make DBT effective for various mental health conditions, particularly those involving emotional dysregulation and interpersonal challenges. It’s important to note that DBT is typically delivered by trained therapists in individual and group settings.

The Four Skills of DBT

  1. Mindfulness: Become more aware of the present without judging yourself or others. Learn to focus on one thing at a time.
  2. Distress Tolerance: Emphasizes acceptance when difficult situations arise. Accept what you don’t have control over.
  3. Emotion Regulation: Learn how different emotions shape your behavior. Recognizing and labeling emotions while avoiding situations that typically trigger you.
  4. Interpersonal Skills: Take care of yourself and learn how to create healthy relationships. Work through conflict and communication with others.

DBT Could Be The Right Option For You If

If you or someone you love is looking to build skills and improve emotional regulation, DBT may be the right fit for you. Work with a professional to identify triggers and emotional challenges while improving the quality of your life. This could greatly impact your health, relationships, and even your career. Practice mindfulness skills where you learn to observe your thoughts, environment and emotions in the comfort of a safe space.

Benefits of DBT


Identify and overcome daily stressors and triggers


Improve the quality of life


Build stronger and healthier relationships


Learn how to implement boundaries


Recognize past traumas and work through them


Personalized sessions with a licensed professional


Develop healthy coping strategies


Change patterns for a healthier future


Increase self-awareness


Creating a support network

Breaking The Stigma

Scheduling an individual therapy session can seem like a daunting task, especially with such stigma around mental illness. Creating a safe space between yourself and a professional can be a life-changing experience as you delve deeper into life’s triggers while improving your overall wellness, mentally and emotionally.

Discover Healing with Onyx Behavioral Health

At Onyx Behavioral Health, we work to empower our residents to become productive citizens and stable individuals in their respective environments. We hope to guide and ground you in repairing your mind, body, and soul.
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