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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment that can help an individual deal with and manage overwhelming emotions and destructive behaviors.

Instead of bottling up emotions and leaving them to simmer and explode, DBT allows the individual to work through felt emotions and process them more effectively.


DBT focuses on four sets of behavioral skills including: distress tolerance, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. In turn, these skills help to build resiliency when faced with a distressing situation, focus on present moments instead of past painful experiences, modulate emotions while reducing

destructive reactions, and gain new tools to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships.

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