DBT provides what I call an encyclopedia of excellent behavioral coping skills which fall into five categories: changing unhealthy behaviors, mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. We work through these skills to identify which ones will be most beneficial for you to integrate into your own life and how you can best utilize them. DBT focuses heavily on the concept of balance, especially between reason and emotion.
CBT guides you through analyzing your thoughts and forming new, healthier ways of thinking. We explore the connection between your experiences, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and consequences. We identify with specificity how you can intervene with your own thinking patterns to help influence your emotions and actions, thereby increasing the likelihood of more desirable outcomes. CBT places a heavy emphasis on rational thinking and deep-seeded core beliefs.