Girl on couch chats with therapist  Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Dialectic Behavioral TherapyDBT is an abbreviation for Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, a group used at Trinity to teach and encourage skillful thinking to ease the stresses of everyday life. Life is tough. It has ups and downs for everyone, and knowing how to handle difficult situations can increase self-esteem and confidence.

The importance of mindfulness

DBT is useful, wherever you go and no matter what age you are. When kids are young, they are taught to “stop and smell the roses.” Which practices a mindfulness that is important later in life. You can be 80 and still use mindfulness while sitting on the porch, rocking in your chair. However in mid-life, or busy high school days, stopping to the smell the roses sounds like it would be impossible in the midst of a busy work or school day.

Using mindfulness by taking a walk, breathing, and focusing on surroundings may lessen overwhelming feelings. Sometimes plans change, weather or people can factor into how your day goes, and learning to “go with the flow” is not always easy. DBT has tools and tips to make it easier to change thinking and social activities to create a less stressful environment.

Building personal skills

DBT is especially helpful with interpersonal skills. This helps in knowing to keep eye contact and not whine for what you want. Instead, negotiate what you need. There is a difference between mowing a lawn then demanding to be paid, and asking if you can mow a lawn for a specific amount of money. DBT stresses the importance of looking outside of yourself, and doing all you can to mend good relationships by assessing the situation and giving an appropriate response.

There is a big difference between telling someone to help you because you are overwhelmed, versus asking if anyone is available to help and offering to give something in return. DBT skills and techniques align with life, communication, and social skills.