What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?
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.