Dialectical-behavior therapy (DBT) was first developed by Marsha Linehan for treating borderline personality disorder.
Research shows that DBT strengthens a person’s ability to handle distress without losing control or acting destructively.
DBT teaches four critically important skills:
- Distress tolerance skills to cope better with painful events.
- Mindfulness skills to overcome negative judgements of yourself and others.
- Emotion regulation skills to learn to identify emotions and not be overwhelmed by them.
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills to express your needs, set limits, and communicate assertively.