Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mental Health Counseling located in Gilbert, AZ

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

About Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a form of talk therapy that helps people learn how to regulate and manage their intense emotions. The experienced team of therapists at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC in Gilbert, Arizona, uses DBT to treat a number of mental health concerns, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Dialectical behavior therapy helps you accept the reality of your life and your behaviors and learn how to change to improve both. Call Thrive Counseling Services, LLC today or schedule an appointment online to learn how DBT may benefit you.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Q&A

What is dialectical behavior therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a treatment that combines basic cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques for managing emotions and behaviors with learning how to accept the realities of life and the stresses it brings. 

The goal of therapy is for you to accept who you are as a person and to learn how change can bring benefits. 

Can dialectical behavior therapy help me?

Your therapist at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC determines what therapy can best help you after completing a comprehensive evaluation. 

DBT was developed to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental health condition characterized by emotional instability that affects behavior and relationships. But it’s an effective treatment that benefits many mental health concerns, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder

DBT benefits people who feel emotions very deeply. If you feel overwhelmed by your emotions and how they affect how you think, behave, and react to the world, then you may benefit from DBT at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC. 

What happens during dialectical behavior therapy?

Your therapist at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC customizes your therapy plan to match your individual mental health needs and goals. Dialectical behavior therapy may include individual therapy sessions and group skills training.

During individual therapy, your therapist focuses on your personal challenges and helps you learn new ways of doing things to replace unhelpful behaviors. Group skills training for DBT focuses on learning strategies that enhance life using four key skills, including:


Mindfulness teaches you how to live in the present moment and not worry so much about what happened before or what might happen in the future.

Distress tolerance

Distress tolerance teaches you how to understand your emotions in response to stressful situations and how to manage and respond in a way that’s not harmful.

Interpersonal effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness helps you learn how to ask for what you need and set boundaries, improving self-respect. 

Emotion regulation

Emotion regulation training helps you become more aware of your emotions and improve your control over them.

Dialectical behavior therapy is one of the many techniques the team at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC uses to help you live your best life. For compassionate care, call the office today or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.