DBT is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of one’s life. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to have more intense reactions toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels. Focused on validating the difficulties of life’s struggles, the apparent difficulty with conflicting and intense emotions, and the desire to make important changes, DBT is a highly practical and direct form of therapy. Rather than only focusing on overcoming misery, DBT also emphasizes working on creating a life you want to live. There are 4 modules to be addressed and worked on within DBT:

Mindfulness – A “core” DBT skill, mindfulness involves paying attention, in the moment, non- judgmentally to live your life in a deliberate manner.

Emotion Regulation – Learn the function of emotions and improve your ability to describe, change, and cope effectively, rather than let emotions control you.

Distress Tolerance – Manage crises without making your problems worse.

Interpersonal Effectiveness – Attend to your needs and improve relationships

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