How to use DBT to set goals in Therapy and in Life.

The main goal in DBT is to decrease any-type of problem behavior.

Behaviors to Decrease:

  • Interpersonal Chaos, loneliness, being in unhealthy relationships 
  • Unstable moods and emotions, and willfulness
  • Impulsive behavior, difficulty accepting reality 
  • Mindlessness, emptiness, judgmental attitude

Behaviors to Increase:

  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Mindfulness

Before setting a goal with a client we do a quick Values Assessment:

The next step is the fun DBT activity of the DBT House:

As stated in the Podcast other people have used the SMART goals Model :

Please reference here for more info on SMART Goals.

2021 Mental Health Vision Board and Setting Goals Finding Middle Path Podcast

Setting goals are not just for the New Year. Let's do a check up on our Mental Health and talk about some In Session and Out of Session goals for the year. Find the worksheet at and we can get going together.  
  1. 2021 Mental Health Vision Board and Setting Goals
  2. 3 Pillars of Mental Health ( not 4 )
  3. Grief around the Holidays
  4. Distress Tolerance Review and the Beginning of Emotion Regulation
  5. The STOP skill and DBT Pros and Cons

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