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The wound is the place where the light enters you. -Rumi

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Do you feel your mind is being pulled in a hundred different directions at once? Do you have a hard time handling some of your emotions, and does this cause any problems in your relationships?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) offers individuals comprehensive skills to manage painful memories and emotions and decrease conflicts in their relationships. This modality focuses on 4 specific areas of therapeutic skills. These are:


Helps individuals be present in the current moment.

Distress tolerance 

Most people try and keep themselves safe from all negative emotions. Distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotions.

Emotion regulation 

Offers strategies to manage intense emotions that are the root cause of problems in a person’s life. 

Interpersonal effectiveness 

These techniques allow an individual to communicate with others in a confident, assertive way that maintains self-respect and strengthens relationships.

How Does it Work Exactly?

Many of us live our daily lives with a constant stream of uncontrollable negative emotions right under our awareness. These emotions affect how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with other people, including friends, romantic partners, and family members.

DBT essentially works with individuals to help them find ways to manage their negative emotions so they can feel balanced, in control, and able to interact respectfully and successfully. The message at the heart of DBT is acceptance and change.

When is DBT Used and What Can You Expect?

While dialectical behavioral therapy was initially developed to treat those with borderline personality disorder, research has since shown that DBT can successfully treat people with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse. 

DBT treatment usually consists of a combination of DBT skills groups and individual therapy sessions. The individual therapy sessions allow you to have one-on-one contact with a trained therapist who will help you apply DBT skills to your daily life, address any obstacle that may arise, and keep you motivated! The DBT skills group interactions will help you practice skills with others and offer mutual support.

DBT your way

At the Art of Healing, we understand that finding the right therapy for your needs can be a daunting task. That's why we're proud to offer specialized training and experience in DBT strategies, provided by our expert therapist, Minda Sanborn. Minda is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their goals and overcome challenges, and she integrates DBT techniques into her sessions to provide a more comprehensive and effective therapy experience.

Highly Effective

If you or a loved one is struggling with emotional regulation, impulse control, or other related challenges, DBT therapy may be the right choice for you. DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, is a highly effective form of therapy that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness techniques to help individuals manage their emotions, improve relationships, and create a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Customized treatment plan that works for you

At the Art of Healing, we recognize that DBT therapy isn't the right fit for everyone. That's why we offer a range of options to help you explore DBT at a pace that feels comfortable for you. If you're interested in DBT therapy but aren't quite ready for a full-on DBT intensive outpatient program, we invite you to get in touch with us. We'll work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals.

What are you waiting for?

Don't let emotional challenges hold you back from living the life you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how DBT therapy can help you find greater peace, balance, and fulfillment in your life. With the support of our expert team at the Art of Healing, you can achieve lasting positive change and build a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones.