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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (often referred to as DBT), is an evidence-based therapy that has many benefits for clients. A main philosophy of DBT is to create “a life worth living” by balancing awareness and acceptance of things you cannot change with working on the things you can change to improve your wellbeing and quality of life.

In DBT, clients will learn four important skills that help reduce emotional waves and help clients keep balance when their emotions are overwhelming.

Distress tolerance skills will help clients cope better with painful events by building resiliency and providing new ways to soften the effects of the circumstances.

Mindfulness helps clients focus less on painful pasts or unknown futures, and instead helps you pay attention nonjudgmentally in the present to what is happening within and around you.

Emotion regulation skills will help you identify your feelings more clearly and teach you how to observe your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them or by behaving in reactive and destructive ways.

Interpersonal effectiveness provides tools to express your needs and beliefs, set boundaries, and negotiate solutions to problems, while protecting your relationships.