The Goals of DBT treatment
Listed in order of priority:
- Decreasing “life interfering behaviors”
- High-risk suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors
- Decreasing “therapy interfering behaviors”
- Behaviors (thoughts/feelings/actions) that can get in the way of treatment happening
- Decreasing “quality of life interfering behaviors”
- Behaviors that get in the way of your quality of life.
- Learning and mastering skills for mood-independent life choices
- Decreasing symptoms related to anxiety, and depression and post traumatic stress
- Enhancing and sustaining self-respect
- Additional goals set by patient to create a ‘life worth living’
“DBT skills are now a part of my daily living. They have improved the ease with which I move through life.” - S.B.