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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Treatment

Overview

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The primary goal is to teach how to better cope with stress, manage intense emotion, assertiveness, and relationship issues while cultivating skills to improve your quality of life. It combines the change techniques of CBT with the acceptance strategies of Zen practice. The results are improved emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships, increased self-esteem, and an overall sense of calm.

Our experienced clinicians have specialized training in providing DBT to adults and adolescents. Patients learn cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness skills to better identify and manage their emotions, including those related to anxiety and depression. The practice of applying these skills can lead to a greater tolerance for life’s stressors, and an improvement in interacting effectively with others. Those who have tried other treatments with only minimal improvement often find DBT to be very helpful. Our DBT expert clinicians are available by phone to reinforce skills and provide you with the highest level of care. With both individual DBT therapy and DBT skill groups, our treatment plans are tailored to address each client’s individual needs. The focus is not only on overcoming obstacles, but also creating the best life you can imagine.

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DBT Core Principles

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the cornerstone of DBT and emphasizes being present in the moment. Mindfulness helps patients learn to understand, accept, and observe their emotions without judgment, and to focus on the here-and-now in a calm, collected way. Mindfulness helps individuals develop a more balanced sense of self, which can help with intense emotions and reactivity.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation teaches patients how to navigate difficult or powerful emotions more effectively. By learning how to identify and validate feelings, the process of change ceases to feel impossible, and the transformation towards emotional health feels more like an attainable reality.

Interpersonal Efficacy

Interpersonal efficacy helps patients understand their relationships with others and handle conflict appropriately. It teaches them how to get what they want from others while sticking to their values, maintaining relationships, and fostering the independence they need to move forward.

Distress Tolerance

Distress tolerance focuses on tolerating and minimizing the distress felt when faced with negative emotions. It teaches patients how to accept the current situation and cope with stressful situations.

Radical Acceptance

Radical acceptance: Radical acceptance is the acknowledgment of reality ‘as it is,’ rather than trying to fight or deny painful events and emotions. This doesn’t mean approving or endorsing what may have happened, but by accepting things ‘as they are,’ patients can begin to develop effective solutions for moving forward and making change possible.

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