By Alvin Codner:
DBT is a type of therapy but it has traits that can be used in life coaching. Let’s start off with what DBT stands for. DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices including Eastern mindfulness techniques. DBT is mostly used with people who have BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), SUD (Substance Use Disorder), and more disorders of such manner.
According to Lisa Dietz, in DBT there are three main ways to refer to a person’s state of mind. Those states of minds are emotion mind, reasonable mind, and wise mind. Emotional mind occurs when our thoughts are being controlled by our emotions. If the emotions are fear, or anger they may keep our thoughts so volatile that we have trouble being reasonable. Reasonable mind is when we can think logically, be rational about what is occurring. Wise mind is the interception between emotion and reasonable mind. Wise mind is part reason and part emotion and what makes us know we’re in this mind is often a sense of intuition. Lisa Dietz describes it to be the “aha” moment. (Dietz, 2012)
In Life Coaching, I believe the “aha” moment is what the coach and the client strive for within a coaching session. In the beginning of any coaching session, a goal is set and also the problem of getting to that goal is stated as well. The coach and client work together to find the solution to meet that goal which in my eyes is the “aha” moment. In my opinion, having the wise state of mind is what all life coaches to should have while coaching their clients. Think about it, most clients will most likely come in to the coaching session with either a emotion or reasonable mind. How I see it, emotion minded clients base their situation off of how it makes them feel for a more personal reason and reasonable minded clients base their situation off of what is logical for them to progress in life and reach their goals. As a coach, you are suppose the bring the utmost out of a client for them to achieve their goal so why not have a wise mind and bring awareness to the state of mind they don’t currently have when they first come into the coaching session. I remember growing up, whenever I use to be sad, I never wanted to be around other people who are down as well; I wanted to be around happy people to lift me up. I believe that is the same thing in coaching. The client didn’t come to get coached with the same mentality they have, they want another approach and a different aspect in life. DBT and mindfulness can be very helpful in a coaching session if you use it in the right manner, hence, the reason why it should be a practice used in all organizations in Kissimmee because it can be beneficial for all humans and not those who just have Borderline Personality Disorders or Substance Use Disorder.
Dietz, L. (2012). Core Mindfulness. Retrieved from http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/core_mindfulness.html