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Insight on Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Jamila Dawuni is a Certified Family Mentor at Equip an Eating Disorder Clinic, Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM) and Wellness Coach (IAP).

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is “a broad-based cognitive cognitive-behavior treatment originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD)” (Linehan, p. 3).

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Explaining Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is “a broad-based cognitive cognitive-behavior treatment originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD)” (Linehan, p. 3). DBT was the first psychotherapy that was good at treating individuals with BBT using controlled trials (Linehan, p. 3). The purpose of DBT skills is to “help individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking and interpersonal patterns associated with the problem in living” (Linehan, p. 3).

Linehan and Dimeff authors of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell state that DBT has been used to help treat “intractable behavioral disorders involving emotion dysregulation, including substance dependence in individuals with BPD (Linehan, Schmidt, Dimeff, Craft, Kanter, & Comtois, 1999; Dimeff, Rizvi, Brown, & Linehan, 2000), binge eating (Telch, Agras, & Linehan, in press), depressed, suicidal adolescents(Miller, 1999; Rathus & Miller, 2000), depressed elderly (Lynch, 2000), and to a variety of settings, including inpatient and partial hospitalization, forensic settings (Swenson, Sanderson, Dulit, & Linehan, in press; McCann & Ball, 1996; McCann, Ball, & Ivanoff, under review).”

Linehan and Dimeff authors of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell state that DBT has the following five functions; “1) enhances behavioral capabilities, 2) improves motivation to change (by modifying inhibitions and reinforcing contingencies, 3) assures that new capabilities generalize to natural environment 4) structures the treatment environment in the ways essential to support the client and the therapist capabilities, and 5) enhances therapist capabilities and motivation to treat client effectively.”

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Some Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills

InUsing DBT Skills when treating Clients with Eating Disorders: Webinar with Danielle MacDonald, Ph.D. the author talks about DBT skills which include Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal effectiveness skill. The author said that a major goal of mindfulness is fostering nonjudgmental acceptance of the present moment. The author said that emotion regulation skills are designed to reduce and/or change unwanted emotions. Distress Tolerance Skills are for surviving an extremely difficult situation without doing something to make it worse.

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Works Cited Reference

Linehan, DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition, The Guilford Press, 2015.

Dimeff, L., & Linehan, M.M. (2001). Dialectical behavior therapy in a nutshell. The California Psychologist, 34, 10-13.Using DBT Skills when treating Clients with Eating Disorders: Webinar with Danielle MacDonald, Ph.D.

Using DBT Skills when treating Clients with Eating Disorders, YouTube, uploaded by Dec 11, 2018 https://youtu.be/9ZVOo0u7BOQ.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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