What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

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The main goal of DBT is to learn skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and develop balanced relationships with others. DBT validates current thought processes with the goal of working towards changing unhealthy behaviors. Through the process of accepting their problems, people learn ways to solve the issues and make positive changes. Along with individual therapy sessions, group therapy if often utilized in treatment.

For example: For the woman seeking help dealing with her mother, she might be taught mindfulness skills to be able to identify when her mother is going to react, in order to remove herself from the situation before the emotional attack occurs. She might also be taught self-soothing skills to help her cope with the aftermath of such an emotional attack. She could be further taught to accept that this is who her mother is, but it does not mean she has to allow herself to be treated in such a way.

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Dr. Katrina Kuzyszyn-Jones

At KKJ, we focus on the specific problems that affect your daily life, using well-known, evidence-based techniques. While techniques are important, authenticity, warmth, and empathy are integral for people to flourish in, and outside of, counseling. You are a whole person—mind, body, spirit - with strengths, and weaknesses. Let us help you form a stronger family, decrease stress, enhance your relationships, find meaning in your life, and realize overall greater health and well-being.

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