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DBT Is A Powerful Therapy —Especially For Black Women. But what is it??


Trauma may affect mental health for years. Single or repeated trauma may make managing emotions and actions difficult.

When seeking trauma treatment, patients may take drugs or seek cognitive behavioral therapy.

There’s another way.

Dialectical behavior therapy may help trauma survivors, particularly Black women. DBT teaches personality disorder patients coping and living skills to promote self-awareness and self-fulfillment.

Hence, the 2023 Community Support Grant, a collaboration between BEAM and Healthline, partially supported the DBT Skills Group for Black Women. Clerrisa Cooper, clinical director of North Atlanta DBT, and Winter Foddrell, a therapist at Revolution Psychotherapy, lead the group.

What Is DBT?

Cognitive or talking treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) patients with emotional issues is DBT. DBT teaches self-acceptance and emotional regulation.

According to a 2016 research, DBT may aid in managing:

  • alcohol or drug misuse
  • anxiety and depressive disorders
  • eating disorders
  • emotional dysregulation
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • self-harm
  • suicidal behavior

DBT sessions help people develop the following:

  • mindfulness
  • distress tolerance
  • interpersonal effectiveness
  • emotional regulation skills

How Does DBT Differ From Other Therapy Modalities?

The DBT method is unique.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help individuals identify negative thoughts and actions and develop rational approaches to handle challenging circumstances.

DBT emphasizes the social and emotional elements of mental illness by teaching healthy coping skills.

BPD is commonly treated with DBT. A 2023 article highlights how DBT focuses on identifying one’s individuality and distinguishing it from

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