DBT is an evidence-based model of therapy that helps people to cope with a variety of problems in their life. In this skills-based treatment, skills and strategies will be taught to help individuals cope with and alter unhealthy behaviors. DBT, stems from “dialectical,” meaning the idea of bringing together two opposites- acceptance and change. DBT teaches people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. This skills training program will be divided into four categories: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation.
Individuals in this program will attend 12 weekly individual training sessions, facilitated by a therapist. Exercises are provided so that individuals can practice the skills in between sessions that focus on changing the behavior patterns they are struggling with. The goal is to assist individuals in incorporating useful and effective coping mechanisms into their daily life. These skills can replace unhealthy and negative behavioral patterns to sustain a new way of being.