Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) represents a significant development in psychological treatment by combining the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with mindfulness practices. Originally developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, DBT has proven particularly effective for people who exhibit self-injurious behavior or struggle with severe emotional instability. The therapy is evidence-based and takes a unique approach by combining standard CBT techniques, which focus on changing harmful patterns of thinking and behavior, with mindfulness, which is about living in the moment and accepting current reality. This dual approach helps patients develop important skills to manage their emotions, tolerate stress and navigate interpersonal relationships.

DBT is characterized by its focus on four main skill sets: emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. Emotional regulation involves learning to manage and respond to intense emotions in a less reactive and more mindful way. Distress tolerance is about accepting and finding ways to survive and tolerate distress without resorting to self-destructive behaviors. Interpersonal effectiveness revolves around the skills necessary to communicate effectively and assert one’s needs while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others. Finally, mindfulness, borrowed from Buddhist traditions, helps individuals to be present in the moment and engaged in their current environment, fostering an awareness that is free of judgment and reactivity.

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