In addition, the skills and strategies taught in DBT are balanced in terms of acceptance and change. The four skills modules include two sets of acceptance-oriented skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and two sets of change-oriented skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness).
This allows sufferers to accept the present while acknowledging that their future must involve change. DBT is an empirically based treatment, meaning it is backed by evidence. It is broken down into two major components: skills training and individual therapy.
In DBT, the following aspects are often utilized: Individual therapy sessions: The clients will most often attend individual therapy once per week. Individual therapy sessions address the major issues and treatment approaches.
Pat Harvey, LCSW-C 3 4 “The central aim of DBT as a whole is to replace ineffective, maladaptive, or unskilled behavior with skillful responses” (Linehan, 1993) •In DBT, problem behaviors are seen as LEARNED RESPONSES to unbearable pain; impulsive behaviors are actually highly effective emotion regulation strategies.