By Maia Christopherson The fourth foundational skill taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness teaches patients how to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships. There are three acronyms that patients use to understand and apply interpersonal effectiveness: DEAR MAN Patients use the acronym

DBT Skill #3: Distress Tolerance

Monday, 09 July 2018 by

The third foundational skill taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is distress tolerance. Distress tolerance increases a patient’s tolerance of negative emotions. The goal is to be able to calmly recognize negative situations and their impact, rather than becoming overwhelmed or hiding from them. This allows patients to make wise decisions about how to take

DBT Skill #2 Emotion Regulation

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 by

Emotion Regulation Is… The second foundational skill taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is emotion regulation. Emotion regulation helps patients manage negative and overwhelming emotions while increasing their positive experiences. Patients learn that negative emotions are not bad and do not need to be avoided. Instead, they learn that negative emotions are a normal part

DBT Skill #1: Mindfulness

Monday, 25 June 2018 by

Mindfulness Is… Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – DBT Part 2 of 5 The first foundational skill taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the process of bringing one’s attention to the current moment. It is about paying attention to what is happening in the moment without judgment, overthinking, or invalidating the experience. Mindfulness

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