Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

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Dialectical behavior therapy involves improving the balance of acceptance and change in a person’s life. This type of therapeutic intervention involves weekly individual therapy, a weekly skills training group, a therapist who is available between sessions to help clients in real-life situations, and collaborative sessions for therapy teams.


If you’ve been struggling with a mental health concern, a dialectical behavior therapy program can help with emotion regulation, mindfulness, and distress tolerance. The program was developed in the late 1980s and has shown positive results in millions of participants worldwide ever since. You can explore this option alongside a range of other addiction and mental health treatment options at TruHealing Centers by calling 833.641.0572 today.

What Is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT works by teaching clients how to experience emotions without reacting to them impulsively. It is focused on improving acceptance and balanced emotional responses. It does this, in part by teaching emotional regulation. DBT is unique in that it employs the idea of bringing together opposite forces together in the mind to foster understanding. Dialectical means trying to understand how two things that seem opposite one another could be true. For example, it focuses on both acceptance and change. Both can be positives, yet they are seemingly opposite one another. DBT has been shown to be particularly effective in clients with more difficult to treat conditions like borderline personality disorder (BPD).  

The DBT approach helps by:

  • Teaching clients how to understand and accept difficult feelings
  • Empowering clients to face difficult emotions and overcome negative responses.
  • Help clients learn skills that enable them to make positive changes in their lives.


The DBT approach to changing your thoughts and behavior helps you become better at handling stress and emotionally challenging circumstances. This form of treatment naturally fosters understanding and empathy because it forces us to look at both sides of any given situation. It can make people not only better at managing their emotions but also more objective in the way they observe situations and how they react to them. It’s easy to understand how learning to better manage emotions and improving our objectivity would be helpful in both a treatment and recovery setting.

In a dialectical behavior therapy program, you may learn:

  • New ways to accept circumstances and accept responsibility for mistakes.
  • How to recognize your own skills and strengths and leverage them.
  • To improve relationships with others utilizing role-playing behavior.
  • To uncover destructive patterns or thoughts and replace these with healthier ones.

Vital Skills to Learn From Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy helps people manage anger, sadness, shame, loneliness, anxiety, and other emotions. It helps people avoid acting on impulse and putting themselves in vulnerable situations. Therapists explore the following principles during dialectical behavior therapy sessions:


Mindfulness helps people to maintain focus. It’s common for people with unstable moods and long-term depression to always think about the past and the future. Mindfulness enables you to enjoy the present moment.

Tolerance to Distress

When you’re going through a challenging situation, distress tolerance can assist you in remaining calm. This skill teaches individuals to master the art of tolerating uncomfortable experiences in life.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness allows you to ask for things you’re interested in, but you can also say no to what you dislike. The program empowers people to support their likes and dislikes without hurting others or being disrespectful.

Emotion Regulation

Regulating emotions can be challenging for those with feelings of despair. Mastering this technique enables you to change particular emotions, such as crying after experiencing frustrations and angry outbursts when confronting delicate issues.

What to Do After You Leave Treatment

After learning and acquiring the necessary skills through the dialectical behavior therapy program, the next phase is to put this newly acquired knowledge to use. The skills you’ll learn are in two categories: acceptance (distress tolerance & mindfulness) and change (emotion regulation & interpersonal effectiveness). The aim is to develop a balance between these components, thus enhancing your capacity to handle various situations in life with ease.


Most of the people opting for this kind of therapy have several issues to address. At TruHealing Centers, qualified therapists help our clients to understand all the skills they’ll learn and how to use them for the method to be effective. Once you return to the outside world, you’ll need to apply these skills in various real-life situations. Doing so will allow you to develop strategies for pursuing your goals, gaining motivation, creating a friendly environment and interacting with others in healthy ways, and handling conflicts in relationships.

Reach Out to TruHealing Centers Today

We have addiction treatment centers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southern U.S. Contact us today to learn more about our locations and the specific services we provide at each location. If you or a loved one is ready to start on the road to recovery, reach out to TruHealing Centers.


Our addiction specialists can connect you with the recovery center that will best suit your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions—call us at 833.641.0572 or contact us online. Start rebuilding your life today.


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If you or a loved one would like more information on DBT or dual-diagnosis treatment, TruHealing Centers can help. Contact us today to discuss options with an addiction treatment specialist. 

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