- Honey Dahari, LMFT, MBA
Does DBT Help Anxiety?
Therapists may recommend Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for those struggling with anxiety because it can help them learn skills to manage their emotions and improve their overall well-being. DBT is a form of therapy that can help individuals with anxiety learn to accept their current emotional state and develop the skills to change it.
DBT can help individuals with anxiety learn how to:
regulate their emotions
reduce self-destructive behaviors
increase their ability to tolerate stress and negative emotions
increase their sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
DBT has been found to be effective in treating individuals with anxiety. It has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts in individuals with anxiety. Additionally, DBT can be beneficial for individuals who have not responded well to other forms of treatment. DBT has been found to be effective in treating specific anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
DBT also includes mindfulness skills training, which can help individuals with anxiety learn how to focus on the present moment and manage their thoughts and emotions, which can be beneficial for reducing symptoms of anxiety.
Want to learn more about how DBT and mindfulness can help your mental health? Schedule a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals and see if groups can help you.