If you’re as lost as I was when I first heard the term, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this piece, you will learn what DBT is, how it works, and some of the most useful and applicable components of treatment.
Like learning to play the piano, it may sound clunky at first.
Everyone can benefit from validation (that’s why it’s one of the most basic tools that psychologists use), so practice using it with others in low-pressure, low-conflict situations. Helping teens who cut: Understanding and ending self-injury.
Validation is one of the most fundamental techniques used by psychologists to make clients feel heard and understood.
You try to describe your symptoms but don’t feel like the doctor is listening or understanding.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an interestingly named treatment.
With no prior knowledge of what it is, it would be hard to figure out what it is a treatment for!
Consider whether problem behaviors are an attempt to relieve emotional pain.
Look for the ways in which your child’s thoughts and feelings make sense given his or her history and current situation, then express this aloud (e.g., “I can see why you’re so hurt given the way you were treated”). Pay attention to how your child responds to your attempts to validate.