TBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

I think I first encountered the term Mindfulness in 2000 at a workshop presented by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  DBT was primarily developed to work with those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), a form of complex PTSD as I conceptualize such things. Mindfulness is the core skill of DBT and can be applied to help trauma survivors learn non-reactivity to thoughts and emotions. As such, it is highly applicable to trauma treatment.

In DBT, mindfulness practice is designed to help you learn how to experience a state Linehan calls “Wise Mind”. This is the same state others may call being centered, true self or authentic self. Wise mind refers to the state in which your emotions and your thoughts work together so that informed choices are possible, even when your life and/or circumstances are difficult. You’re in wise mind when you can meet each moment…

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