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  • Honey Dahari, LMFT, MBA

5 Misconceptions About DBT Treatment





  1. DBT only works on emotion regulation: This is a common misconception. DBT also focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. While emotion regulation is an important part of DBT, it is only one part of a holistic treatment approach.

  2. DBT is only for those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): While DBT was developed for those with BPD, it has been found to be effective for many mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse.

  3. DBT is just a "feel-good" therapy: DBT is a challenging and at times intense form of therapy that requires significant effort from participants. It has individuals experience and work through difficult and often uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to achieve change.

  4. DBT is only conducted in a group setting: While group DBT is a popular and effective form of treatment, individual DBT is also available and may be more appropriate for some individuals. The choice between group and individual DBT should be made based on the specific needs and preferences of the individual.

  5. DBT is a "one-size-fits-all" approach: DBT is a flexible and adaptable treatment that can be tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each individual. The therapist works with the participant to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes into account their unique needs and experiences.

Want to learn more about how DBT can help your mental health? Schedule a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals and see if DBT groups can help you.

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