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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a third-wave therapy of CBT, which focuses on managing emotion dysregulation, reducing impulsive behavior, increasing mindfulness, changing behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living. DBT teaches one how to tolerate distressing situations that can lead to impulsive actions and decisions that make things worse in the long term. DBT also focuses on reducing suicidal thinking/behavior as well as self-harm behavior. The premise of DBT is to work on building a life worth living, identifying your true values, and setting goals related to those values. DBT also focuses on increasing mindfulness and connection to the present, and accepting/letting go of the past. While CBT focuses mostly on changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, DBT incorporates accepting events, situations, feelings, thoughts and emotions that occur in our everyday lives. Acceptance ultimately helps reduce suffering.