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DBT Therapy


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to address individuals struggling with intense emotions and maladaptive behaviors. Our psychologists offering services in Calgary provide comprehensive DBT therapy tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. DBT is renowned for its effectiveness in treating conditions such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as other mood and behaviour disorders.

Key Components of DBT:

  • Dialectics: DBT emphasizes finding balance between acceptance and change. Clients learn to accept themselves as they are while simultaneously striving for personal growth and change.

  • Mindfulness: Clients develop present-moment awareness, allowing them to observe thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. Mindfulness practices promote emotional regulation and stress reduction.

  • Emotion Regulation: DBT equips clients with strategies to identify, understand, and manage intense emotions effectively. By learning to regulate emotions, clients experience greater stability and well-being.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Clients learn assertiveness skills, boundary-setting techniques, and effective communication strategies to navigate relationships and resolve conflicts.

  • Distress Tolerance: DBT teaches clients coping skills to tolerate distressing situations without resorting to harmful behaviours. These skills empower clients to respond skillfully to crises and difficult circumstances.



Benefits of DBT Therapy:

  • Improved Emotional Regulation: Clients learn to manage intense emotions effectively, reducing emotional dysregulation and impulsivity.

  • Enhanced Interpersonal Skills: DBT equips clients with communication and relationship-building skills, leading to healthier and more fulfilling connections with others.

  • Reduced Self-Harming Behaviours: By learning distress tolerance skills, clients are better equipped to cope with crises without resorting to self-harm or other harmful behaviours.

  • Increased Mindfulness: DBT cultivates present-moment awareness, promoting greater self-awareness, and emotional resilience.

  • Lasting Change: With its focus on acceptance and change, DBT fosters long-term growth and transformation, empowering clients to lead more fulfilling lives.

If you're struggling with intense emotions, impulsivity, or relationship difficulties, DBT therapy in Calgary may provide the support and skills you need to thrive. Contact us to learn more about how DBT can help you achieve your therapy goals and lead a more balanced and fulfilling life.

DBT provided in Calgary and online by Marissa and Misha

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