Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) was originally developed to help in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but is now used to treat a variety of mental illnesses that are associated with extreme emotional reactions.
DBT is an effective treatment for people who experience and process emotions more intently than most people. These individuals might be prone to extreme mood swings and emotional outbursts that can be bewildering to friends and family members. Through therapy, they can develop life skills that will enable them to feel better about themselves and develop an awareness of when their emotions are getting out of hand. As a a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) and counsellor for mental health in Toronto
, I highly recommend it.
One of the key elements of DBT is that it helps you identify areas of personal strength that can be built upon. At the same time, you learn how to identify and challenge beliefs and assumptions that are making life difficult for you. Under the guidance of your therapist, you learn how to interact with others in a positive way and self-soothe when you start to feel the escalation of emotions. As a result, you will begin to enjoy more positive social interactions, higher self-esteem and a greater sense of peace and contentment.
DBT includes four key components:
- Mindfulness: your sense of connection with your inner self and with the world around you
- Interpersonal effectiveness: your patterns of interaction with other people, especially during times of conflict or when you yourself are in a vulnerable state
- Distress tolerance: your ability tolerate stressful circumstances and survive them
- Emotional regulation: the ability to identify negative emotions and reduce your vulnerability to them while increasing your positive emotional events
If you struggle with emotional volatility, dialectical behaviour therapy might be for you. Call Alexandra Gusinsky today for an assessment, and to begin your journey to emotional wellbeing.