The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills, developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, are divided into four modules that teach clients how to regulate their emotions:
- Core Mindfulness – how to stay present in the moment,
- Distress Tolerance – how to survive painful emotions,
- Emotion Regulation – how to identify emotions and reduce your vulnerability to them, and,
- Interpersonal Effectiveness – how to ask for what you need, say “No,” and cope with interpersonal conflict.
DBT Skills Training is usually done in a group. Individual skills are taught and practiced in the group sessions. Homework is given each week. Individual therapy is usually required to supplement the group. In individual therapy, skills are practiced with the therapist/coach. Interpersonal issues that arise during group sessions and during your day-to-day life are processed using DBT skills.
Although I have facilitated DBT Skills Training Groups for years, I am currently only doing the supplemental individual therapy for clients who are in DBT Skills Training groups. Please give me a call at 404.518.0828 to get on a path to a life worth living.