Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides patients with new management skills for painful emotions, as well as tools for decreasing conflict in relationships. The specific focus of DBT offers these therapeutic tools in four areas:
- Mindfulness improves a person’s ability to be present in the moment.
- Distress tolerance increases a person’s tolerance of difficult or negative emotions, rather than escaping them.
- Emotion regulation manages and changes intense emotions causing major issues in life.
- Interpersonal effectiveness allows a person to communicate in an assertive manner, while maintaining self-respect, and growing strong relationships.