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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a structured and skills-based therapeutic approach that was originally developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, it has since proven effective in addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, including mood disorders, self-destructive behaviors, substance use issues, and more.

Key Components of DBT:

  1. Mindfulness: DBT emphasizes mindfulness as a core skill. Mindfulness techniques help individuals become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment. This heightened self-awareness forms the foundation for effective emotional regulation.

  2. Emotion Regulation: DBT equips individuals with practical strategies to understand, manage, and regulate intense emotions. It teaches healthy ways to cope with distress, reduce impulsive behaviors, and make more balanced choices.

  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Effective communication and boundary-setting skills are vital for building healthy relationships. DBT helps individuals improve their interpersonal skills, assertiveness, and conflict resolution abilities.

  4. Distress Tolerance: Life is filled with challenges, and learning to tolerate distressing situations without resorting to self-destructive behaviors is a key focus of DBT. This skill helps individuals navigate crises without making impulsive decisions.

  5. Individualized Treatment: DBT is tailored to each individual's unique needs and goals. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific challenges and aspirations.

Why Choose DBT at Authentically You Counseling?

  1. Experienced DBT Therapists: Our team includes licensed therapists with extensive experience in providing DBT. They are dedicated to helping you acquire the skills needed to enhance your emotional well-being.

  2. Supportive Environment: We offer a compassionate and nonjudgmental space where you can explore your emotions, develop practical skills, and work towards your treatment goals.

  3. Proven Effectiveness: DBT is backed by extensive research demonstrating its effectiveness in improving emotional regulation, reducing self-destructive behaviors, and enhancing overall quality of life.

  4. Holistic Approach: Our holistic approach to DBT integrates this evidence-based therapy into a broader framework of care that can address other mental health concerns you may have.

Whether you're struggling with intense emotions, relationship difficulties, or impulsive behaviors, DBT at Authentically You Counseling can provide you with the tools and support you need to lead a more balanced and fulfilling life. We invite you to contact us at 603-429-1999 or email us at to learn more and schedule an appointment. Your journey towards emotional well-being starts here.

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