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Learn DBT Skills In A Group
Weekly sessions are available. Grouport offers therapist-led dialectical behavior therapy skills groups online. The first 12 weeks covers fundamental DBT skills.Learn more
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, was developed in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan following extensive use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). DBT was developed specifically because it became clear that CBT was not fully effective for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In order to improve treatment for BPD, Dr. Linehan and colleagues created and tested additional techniques in order to achieve greater success as they sought to improve the health and wellbeing of those living with BPD.
However, DBT didn’t stop with BPD treatment. Over the last handful of decades DBT has been tested (and proven successful) on a wide variety of mental health conditions such as:
Research shows that DBT is extremely successful despite varying factors in age, gender identity, race, and sexual orientation. Here are just a few examples:
DBT is a highly beneficial treatment for many individuals, and traditionally follows the same path or protocol of treatment in 4 key stages to achieve success.
The 4 main stages of DBT are:
There are four main stages of treatment for Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
The main goal of DBT treatment is for the patient to work directly with their therapist to bring peace to their mind and improve emotional regulation through self-acceptance, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Working through these techniques and their application brings validation to the patient’s journey as well as an ability to “marry” their personal experiences and emotions with rational thought and the activation of their “wise mind.”
When you choose to pursue DBT as a form of treatment, you’ll discover strategies that help you accept, tolerate, and even embrace your life’s emotions, challenges, and circumstances. You’ll create greater self-awareness and self-love, and improve specific skills that bring positive awareness to your behaviors and relationships.
DBT starts by changing core thoughts and beliefs - the negative ones that contribute to ineffective, unhelpful behaviors and impulses. From there you’ll learn to look at problems and examine these patterns in new ways as you begin to replace them with healthier, more effective self-analysis and decision making.
By the end of your DBT skills training you should understand how to communicate effectively with others, identify your emotions, and enhance your strengths.
One of the easiest and best ways to begin the DBT treatment process is to join an online therapy group, which offers easy, affordable weekly access from the comfort of your own home to all of the benefits DBT has to offer.