Interpersonal Effectiveness

Virtual Adult Class
June 6th – July 25th
Time: TBA


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of talk therapy that has been specially adapted for individuals who experience emotions very intensely.

  • DBT is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but tailored to address intense emotions.
  • The term “dialectical” refers to combining opposite ideas. In DBT, individuals learn to accept their current reality while also working on changing unhelpful behaviors.
  • Developed by American psychologist Marsha Linehan in the 1970s, DBT aims to help people manage and regulate their emotions effectively.
  • Conditions Treated with DBT:
    • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): DBT is commonly used for individuals with BPD.
    • Self-harm and suicidal behavior: DBT provides strategies to cope with intense emotions.
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Helps manage distressing symptoms.
    • Substance use disorder: Assists in addressing emotional triggers.
    • Eating disorders (specifically binge eating disorder and bulimia).
    • Depression and anxiety.
  • (DBT) consists of four core modules (Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance) that provide essential skills to help individuals manage their emotions, cope with stress, and improve their relationships.

Interpersonal Effectiveness focuses on developing and maintaining healthy relationships with oneself and others.

Goals of Interpersonal Effectiveness:

  • Meeting Needs: Learn how to get people to meet your needs.
  • Influence: Get others to do what you want or take your opinions seriously.
  • Balancing Relationships: Strengthen current relationships, build new ones, and end unhealthy or toxic relationships.
  • Balance Change and Acceptance: Strive for equilibrium between change and acceptance.