While Marsha Linehan developed DBT specifically for reducing self-harm behaviors and suicide attempts in clients with borderline personality disorder (see: Linehan (1993) Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder), over time the skills, as well as the Biosocial Theory that underpins them, has been shown to be beneficial for treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and trauma, amongst others.
As I worked to understand DBT skills and theory so I could teach them, I began to see changes in my own life. I became less irritable, more patient, more forgiving (of myself, as well as others), and more resilient to the vicissitudes of life.
DBT is not the only theory that informs my psychotherapy practice, and it has its flaws and detractors, but the biosocial theory and specific skills taught are eminently practical for lowering anxiety, building resilience, and improving interpersonal effectiveness.
Original Blog September 1, 2019 on Counseling For Resilience: How I came to love DBT.
Lina Lewis-Arévalo MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC and is a Board-Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She encourages her clients to think of therapy as part of a journey of Wellbeing, which includes attention to sleep, nutrition, self-expression, connectedness, and bodywork. She is passionate about putting people at ease and helping them to reclaim their Best Selves. Whether your issues stem from early life trauma, ineffective communication skills, poor coping, low self-esteem, etc., she can help you recover that essential you and find joy in your life again. Call (609) 414-7978 or email LinaTherapistLPC@itherapymail.com to set up a session. Visit Lina Lewis-Arévalo’s Profile.