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DBT what is it?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence- based therapy. It is thought that DBT is mainly for people with Borderline Personality Disorders. However, this is not the case. DBT is used for those who struggle with emotional dysregulation.


What is a dialectic though?


-Opposite, extremes or polarities



-Neither position is absolute, and in fact, are interconnected


-Each perspective has wisdom and truth


-Movement (and conflict) produces change


-Change is constant and continual


The fundamental dialectic is the movement between acceptance and change.


This may seem very confusing because with DBT it is about accepting yourself as you are and learning skills to grow and change.


DBT skills provide a common and easily understandable way to talk about adaptive ways to cope.


The skills learned are through acronyms. Those who are skilled in DBT may say it has its own

language due to their use of acronyms.  The skills help to create stability and to help manage distress associated with the deeper stuff one maybe experiencing.

There are 4 modules within DBT:

  1. Mindfulness

  2. Distress Tolerance

  3. Emotion Regulation

  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness

As you may have guess each of these models has different acronyms to help clients remember the skills when feeling dysregulated.


This blog is just a quick overview of DBT and gaining a better understanding how it is more to help those who struggle with emotional dysregulation and not just for someone with Borderline personality disorder.


If you want to learn more about DBT or feel this is something you maybe interested in don’t hesitate to call Covenant Family Solutions to talk to one of our trained DBT therapist.



About the Writer: Christine Topping, LMFT


Christine has experience working with parent child interactions, parenting skills, co-parenting, anxiety, emotional management, depression, and child/adolescent behavioral issues.


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