Dialectical behavior therapy gives my clients new skills to handle painful emotions and to decrease conflicts in relationships. It specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas.
Firstly, mindfulness focuses on improving the ability to accept and be present in the current moment for an individual. Secondly, distress tolerance is geared towards increasing an individual's tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from the situation.
Thirdly, an emotion regulation strategy covers techniques to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person's life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of strategies that allow an individual to communicate with others assertively, sustain self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that focuses more specifically on how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors work together. CBT is a more structured approach that focuses on challenging and reframing negative thoughts, judgments, and beliefs. The goal is to help clients understand the role thoughts play in our attitudes and ways of existing in the world and creating a more positive thought pattern. This allows my clients to judge challenging situations more clearly and respond more effectively. It can improve self-esteem and provide a better sense of internal strength as well.
CBT can be a beneficial tool either alone or in combination with other therapies in treating mental health disorders, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or an eating disorder. But not everyone who gets benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. CBT can be an effective way to help anyone learn how to manage stressful life situations.