WHAT IS DBT?

WHAT IS DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was designed to help people manage strong emotions and change unhealthy thinking patterns and ineffective behaviors that lead to misery and distress. DBT works through both individual therapy and group skills training sessions. It combines both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches to help people understand and change patterns of living that cause suffering. An evidence-based treatment supported by years of published research, DBT has been shown to be as or more effective than other therapies for the struggles mentioned below.

WHO BENEFITS FROM DBT?

DBT MAY BE FOR YOU IF YOU…

  • find it difficult to manage strong emotions
  • would describe yourself as extremely sensitive
  • struggle with relationships and intimacy, or fear abandonment
  • experience frequent rapid mood changes
  • have mixed anxiety and depression
  • engage in self-destructive thoughts or behaviors

DBT HAS BEEN SHOWN IN NUMEROUS CLINICAL STUDIES TO…

  • enhance motivation and desire to live life more fully
  • improve emotion management
  • improve interpersonal relationships and communication
  • decrease self-destructive behaviors
  • enhance your ability to manage crises

How does DBT work? “Creating a Life Worth Living”

Dialectical Behavior Therapy separates skills training from individual psychotherapy, requiring participants to attend weekly skills training groups in addition to ongoing, weekly psychotherapy. As a unique and powerful way to further reinforce skills taught in the group setting, telephone coaching with a therapist is available between group sessions.

One of the key assumptions of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is that, while we may not have caused all of our problems, we are the only ones capable of, and responsible for, resolving them.

This requires a continual willingness on the part of DBT participants to work hard and look at themselves honestly, in order to make the changes necessary to “create a life worth living”.

Because of the personal dedication, sacrifice and effort required to successfully complete our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, applicants are required to complete an individual DBT Orientation & Commitment session as part of the assessment process.

TARGETS OF DBT TREATMENT…

TARGETS OF DBT TREATMENT…

  • Decrease high-risk suicidal and self-harming behaviors
  • Decrease therapy interfering behaviors by either therapist or patient
  • Decrease quality-of-life interfering behaviors
  • Learn and master behavioral skills for making healthier life choices
  • Decrease symptoms related to post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Enhance and sustain self-respect
  • Attain client goals to "create a life worth living”

SKILLS TAUGHT IN DBT…

  • Core Mindfulness – being present and non-judgmentally aware in the moment
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – relating skillfully with others
  • Emotion Regulation – learning to skillfully use or change emotions
  • Distress Tolerance – managing difficult feelings without acting impulsively
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – learning to identify and replace unhealthy thinking patterns with more adaptive thinking styles