“At the core of DBT is the dynamic balance between opposing therapeutic goals: acceptance of oneself and one’s situation in life, on the one hand, and embracing change toward a better life, on the other. That is what ‘dialectics’ means: the balancing of opposites and the coming to a synthesis of two opposites. This focus on pursuing change strategies balanced by acceptance strategies is unique to DBT.
The role of DBT skills is to give clients practical ways of, first, accepting the problems they have and then, second, solving the problems they have. Each person will have a different set of problems, so each will need a different set of skills to solve them.”
“Building a Life Worth Living” Marsha M. Linehan, Random House