What is DBT?
DBT helps clients who struggle with regulating their intense emotions. The belief is that individuals engage in dangerous, risky, or unsafe behaviors because they are looking for a quick fix for extreme emotional distress. Honestly, they are at a loss of how else to cope.
DBT has been proven to help clients understand their emotions, urges, thoughts, and behaviors. Ultimately, DBT has been shown to help with identifying the triggers that lead them to engage in harmful behaviors in the first place. Clients learn new coping skills to apply when they are experiencing unbearable pain so they can avoid undesirable consequences. The goal is for them to create the life they deserve by both accepting themselves and by changing themselves.