Strategies for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Distress Tolerance – An important part of the DBT would be to achieve a complete distress tolerance. This form of tolerance is geared towards containing intense feelings like anger and disappointment without necessarily taking drugs or resulting in self-injury (WebMD, 2017). The goal of distress tolerance would be to counter the post-traumatic stress in the client which was characterized by; being easily frightened or startled, self-destructive behaviors like driving fast and drinking too much, and troubles in concentrating and sleeping. Further, distress tolerance would be of significance in helping the patient counter aggressive behaviors, angry outbursts, and general irritability.
- Mindfulness – This strategy would seek to help the client be more attentive to the present. Mindfulness further seeks to enable the patient to be more mindful of themselves and others in efforts to contain both the internalizing behaviors [anxiety, withdrawal, and stress] and the externalizing feelings [anger, outbursts, and irritability towards others].
- Emotional regulation – This strategy of the dialectical behavioral therapy sought to properly contain and regulate the client’s emotions and feelings (WebMD, 2017). The steps involved in emotional regulation was recognizing, labeling, and re-adjusting feelings and emotions based on present and past circumstances. As part of this realization, the therapist would schedule regular talks that seek to enable the patient regular any traumatic behavior or conduct that results from traumatic events.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness – The goal of this strategy would be to enable the patient to interact assertively and navigate conflict in her interactions with friends and workmates. Further, interpersonal effectiveness would seek to contain any talks, associations, and interactions that may arise the client’s anger and irritability – and how to deal with the latter emotional during conversations and interactions with others (WebMD, 2017).