What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that uses dialectical strategies and mindfulness to help change behaviors that prevent people from leading a life worth living.
Dialectics is a way of observing how two views that may seem contradictory can coexist and finding the synthesis between the seeming contradictions. Dialectics moves us away from the all-or-nothing thinking that can keep people from solving problems effectively. In DBT the emphasis is on the dialectic balance between acceptance and change; though these concepts seem opposite, we need to flow between the two to get out of our “stuck” places. By both accepting things we can’t change and changing what is in our control, we can better reach our goals.
Behavior Therapy focuses on how and why people learn certain behaviors. As we respond to events in our life, we develop behaviors that help us cope. Some of these behaviors may no longer be useful to us, but they are habits. Other behaviors may be very effective to relieve pain in the moment, but have long-term consequences that cause chaos. Behavior therapy focuses on understanding the ineffective behaviors and replacing them with behaviors that help people reach their goals.
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us learn to control our mind instead of our mind being in control of us. Mindfulness helps us keep a present-moment orientation so that the pain of the past and the worries of the future are not clouding what is happening in this one moment.
Road to a life worth living
A full DBT treatment program involves four key elements :
- Individual Therapy
- Skills Training Groups
- Coaching Calls
- Therapist Consultation Team
ADULT DBT PROGRAM
For adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation and behaviors that decrease quality of life. This program enables people to gain control over emotions and behaviors and to engage in healthier relationships.
- Individual Therapy.
- Skills training group.
- Coaching calls (consultation with therapist between sessions).
- Therapist consultation team.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY GROUP: LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES OF LIFE TOGETHER AS WE LEARN TO BALANCE ACCEPTANCE AND CHANGE.
- Learn about DBT’s biosocial theory and maintenance of your loved one’s problems
- Learn DBT based skills around mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness
- Learn ways to balance validation (focusing on acceptance) and problem-solving (focus on change)
- Decrease feelings of isolation, loneliness, and hopelessness
- Discuss loved ones’ high risk behaviors and how to be effective in dealing with behaviors
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