DBT Skills training
Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief, they are often not effective in the long-term. DBT assumes that clients are doing the best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts.
The function of DBT Skills is to help enhance a client’s capabilities. There are four skills taught in DBT:
- Mindfulness: The practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
- Distress Tolerance: How to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
- Emotion Regulation: How to change emotions that you want to change