Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective form of therapy that has gained recognition for its success in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1980s, DBT combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with concepts from dialectics, emphasizing acceptance and change. Learn more about the techniques and benefits of DBT and reach out to Symmetry Counseling for individual therapy today!

Emotional Regulation

One of the core principles of DBT is emotional regulation. Many individuals struggle with intense and overwhelming emotions, which can lead to impulsive behaviors, self-destructive tendencies, and difficulty in maintaining healthy relationships. DBT helps individuals identify and label their emotions, teaching them to tolerate distress and reduce reactivity. Through this process, clients learn to manage their emotions more effectively, leading to a greater sense of control and emotional well-being.



Mindfulness is a central component of DBT, encouraging clients to be fully present in the moment without judgment. Practicing mindfulness helps individuals become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, fostering a deeper understanding of themselves. By being mindful, clients can make more deliberate choices and respond to situations in a less emotionally reactive manner. This self-awareness and self-compassion are key elements of personal growth and healing.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT places a strong emphasis on improving interpersonal relationships. Many clients seeking general counseling struggle with conflicts and difficulties in their relationships. DBT offers techniques and strategies for effective communication, assertiveness, and setting boundaries. Clients learn how to balance their own needs with the needs of others, fostering healthier and more satisfying connections with friends, family, and colleagues.


Distress Tolerance

Life is full of challenging and distressing situations, and individuals often resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms when faced with overwhelming stress. DBT teaches clients how to tolerate and navigate distressing situations without resorting to self-destructive behaviors. By developing these distress tolerance skills, clients can manage crises more effectively and avoid harmful impulsive actions.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a transformative approach to general counseling that equips individuals with the tools and skills to navigate the complexities of their emotions and behaviors. By focusing on emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance, DBT offers a comprehensive framework for personal growth and well-being. It is particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with a wide range of issues, including mood disorders, self-destructive tendencies, and difficulties in relationships. If you are seeking counseling to address emotional and behavioral challenges, DBT may be a powerful and effective option to explore. Reach out to Symmetry Counseling to find individual therapy today!