Five Ways Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Can Change Your Life

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy with the goal to acquire knowledge and understanding through your senses, thinking and experience. DBT is fundamentally a common sense therapy that promotes acceptance and change.

  1. Learning acceptance can change your life exponentially. Acceptance isn’t always easy, but it’s an essential step towards positive change, whether your issues are behavioral, emotional and environmental. DBT can be likened to the words in the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” (You can always substitute the word God for: goddess, higher power, highest and best— whatever works for you.)
  2. Learning to control your emotions will lead to a better life in this fast-paced world. DBT is designed with skill-building techniques to help regulate your emotions. Perhaps you tend to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. Regulating your emotions takes observation and practice, and leads to more positive outcomes in adverse or frustrating situations. At the grocery store you make a snippy comment like, can you hurry up this line. In DBT therapy you and your therapist address situations like the grocery line example.Through questions and discussion, a dynamic is created that promotes two opposing goals. These provide alternatives. Being able to recognize alternatives helps regulates your emotion and leads to better decision-making in your life.   
  3. Learning to tolerate distress is another skill that can change your life. Life is full of unpleasant situations. Distress hurts, throws you off balance, and makes you feel awful. Learning to accept distressful situations won’t necessarily lessen the initial discomfort. It will, however, help you better tolerate difficult things that come along in life.
  4. A tenant in DBT is to change your life for the better through motivation enhancement. How do you get motivated when you are stuck? In DBT your motivation is improved through empathy, self-efficacy, creating an argument-free zone, and understanding resistance. Being motivated is a can-do feeling. Think of the what you can accomplish in your life when you are motivated!
  5. Learning mindfulness in DBT is known to help you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them. Mindfulness take practice and It is linked to meditation, which reduces stress, improves concentration and helps you feel more connected to your life and others.

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