Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Trauma: A Brief Introduction


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Key Points

  1. The concept of dialectics is about restoring balance and finding the middle path between extremes.
  2. DBT teaches five main skillsets: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, dialectical thinking, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  3. Trauma-focused DBT or TF-DBT is a modification of standard DBT and was designed to treat symptoms of trauma.
  4. The purpose of DBT is to help clients get out of hell and build a life worth living through skills work.

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