Life has its pain, but suffering is optional.
DBT was started by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help people with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT is now being used to help so many people in so many different settings and walks of life.
The skills that clients will benefit from learning include: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Walking the Middle Path, and When Addiction is the Crisis.
DBT is a cognitive behavior therapy that focus on action: Taking action to reduce the pain and eliminate suffering.
The skills that are usually taught first are Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance. These skills help a person to accept reality and to learn skills that will not make a crisis situation worse.
The Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness are skills that focus on bringing about real change in one's life.
Throughout the teaching of the DBT modules, mindfulness is woven into the fabric of all the skills.