How does DBT work?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive treatment program that was created to help individuals who struggle with emotional dysregulation. Furthermore, emotional dysregulation is what many of the clients we work with have a hard time harnessing. Emotional dysregulation is a common thread among people who have trouble with impulsivity and dysfunctional behaviors. So, with DBT, we can help you figure out ways to decrease impulsivity and increase healthy coping behaviors.
The goal of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to establish and improve emotional regulation, the opposite of dysregulation. With DBT, you will be able better manage emotions and impulses, allowing you to connect with your loved ones and yourself.
One of the most important things about DBT is that it is rooted in mindfulness and validation. Working with a therapist can help you notice when challenging emotions arise. Then, instead of using previous unhelpful reactions, you will learn to take a pause, which allows your brain and body to healthily process the feelings. Working with a DBT therapist will help you learn how to do this and replace the unhelpful reactions with more positive ones.
Dialectics refers to the concept that two opposing ideas or feelings can be present. When you experience this, it can be unsettling and confusing, which often leads to the development of unhealthy behaviors. However, dialectics help you understand the relationship between opposing ideas and feelings. This helps you find peace with experiencing both simultaneously, in turn bringing harmony to your mind and body.
Our therapists believe that both acceptance and change need to be incorporated in order for clients to see success in therapy. During treatment, clients learn to be kind to themselves while challenging the behaviors that hold them back from living healthily and happily.