Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps people develop the ability to accept themselves the way they are and strive for change at the same time. This is the main underlying concept of DBT:
the balance between change and acceptance.
By learning new skills which empower us in attending to new cues, we develop better problem solving abilities, even while experiencing interpersonal struggles, intense emotions and/or distressing situations with the outside world.
DBT’s core foundation of Mindfulness helps pave the way to unravel the internal chaos which can get in the way of personal growth.
In addition, skills taught through Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation open up people's ability to see more clearly who they really are, and distinguish that from what we have internalized from the external world.