The Power DBT Skills Training
The History of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
The Modules Broken Down
Many mindfulness skills used in DBT programming are adopted from Eastern meditation practices. The skills are meant to aid the client in introspective thinking, awareness and being present in the moment. Practicing these skills is helpful in emotional regulation, impulsiveness and emotionally-charged reactions.
Interpersonal effectiveness essentially refers to positive social skills and, once again, not letting emotions dictate and control our social interactions. The skills are beneficial for conflict resolution and developing and maintaining meaningful, positive relationships.
The skills taught in the emotional regulation module of DBT are meant to enhance control over a person’s intense emotions, as well as their ability to self-soothe, regulate their internal state and act in a thoughtful way. This includes labeling emotions, how emotions effect behavior, how to decrease negative emotions and increase positive emotions.
Distress tolerance is the final module of DBT. This module aims to teach patients that negative emotions, distress and pain are an inevitable part of life. By accepting and acknowledging this, we can learn skills and tools for helping us accept what we cannot change and manage our emotions during difficult times. This includes skills such as self-soothing and de-escalation.
DBT & Me
DBT skills training can be very helpful in learning to identify your emotions, internal cues and monitor your reactions. With practice, and perhaps some guidance, you can learn more about yourself and your emotions and begin to utilize these tools naturally on a daily basis. If you feel you need support learning and applying these skills to your individual journey with anxiety, depression or another mental health struggle, there are professionals who can help.
This series of articles will also provide in depth information that could help you decide if DBT is a good fit for you and how to pursue it. DBT skills are great evidence-based resources to help understand and process emotions and regulate distress and communicate your feelings in effective ways. If you think DBT may be a good fit for you, reach out and contact Thira Health to get more information and set up a consultation.