What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helps clients develop a “tool box” of coping skills to regulate their emotions instead of resorting to other relief responses like additive behaviors, loosing their temper, binge eating or self harm.  Through the four modules of DBT, which include, Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness, clients obtain a well rounded arsenal of skills to deal with life’s problems.   Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder of DBT, stresses the importance of building a “life worth living.”

For many reasons, including growing up in an environment where our emotional responses were invalidated, people have difficulty managing extreme emotional responses.  At JLH Therapy, we work with clients in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and support, to help them develop the skills they need to change and exert more control in their lives.