CBT vs. DBT: Which Is Right for You?

Have you been considering therapy? If so that choice may be very beneficial.  According to the American Psychiatric Association, approximately 75% of those who receive psychotherapy find it helpful. There are many different types of psychotherapy available. However, the most popular and well-known approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Understanding the differences between these two approaches can help you make an informed decision about which one is best for you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy that is focused on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. This approach to therapy involves working with a therapist to identify negative patterns of thinking and behavior. Then help to develop new, more positive and constructive ways of coping with stress and anxiety.

One of the biggest pros of CBT is that it is focused on identifying and changing negative patterns of thinking and behavior. This in turn can help you develop more positive and effective ways of managing stress and anxiety. CBT also has a strong evidence basis, with numerous studies proving it is effective for a wide range of mental health issues. On the other hand, CBT can be a challenging form of therapy that requires you to confront your thoughts and behaviors head-on. This can prove difficult for some, especially those who are struggling with intense emotions or who have a history of trauma.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of therapy that was originally developed for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, it has since been adapted for use with a variety of other mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A main advantage of DBT is that it is designed to be a supportive and collaborative form of therapy. The therapist will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

DBT also emphasizes the importance of balancing acceptance and change.  This means, through therapy, you will learn to accept your thoughts and feelings as they are, while also working to change negative patterns of behavior. Of course, it’s important to be mindful that DBT can be intense and challenging. This is because it requires you to delve deeply into your emotions and behaviors.

Ready to tackle your mental health challenges? Contact Elements Psychological Services today to learn more about your treatment options. We can help you find the right psychotherapy path for your needs and goals. Let’s connect today and start the conversation.