Tools Commonly Used in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that helps treat a range of disorders. It is used to treat individuals that need help changing patterns of behavior or is unable to control their emotions. Patients are taught emotional and cognitive regulation by learning their triggers and coping skills. A number of tools and methods are used in order to teach DBT patients; these are the most commonly used ones.

 

Diary Cards

Diary cards are one tool commonly used during “homework”, or work patients are supposed to do outside of therapy session. They’re specifically formatted cards used to track behavior. Patients use them to identify interfering behaviors that distract or hinder their progress. Diary cards are filled out daily, often 2-3 time a day, or once per week.

 

Chain Analysis

Chain analysis is a form of functional analysis of behavior. In this case, it has an increased focus on sequential events that form a behavioral chain. This tool has strong roots in behavioral psychology and is used in other forms of therapy. Chain analysis shows patients how their actions, and emotions that cause certain actions, impact other parts of their life.

 

Milieu

Milieu, or social environment, is crucial to DBT. Milieu is the immediate physical and social setting in which people live and interact with. Patients learn effective responses to interacting with the social environment. Group therapy sessions are also used to reinforce this idea.

 

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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.