What is dialectical behavioral therapy (dbt)?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT helps people create a life worth living by combining cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT and Eastern mindfulness practice. DBT is traditionally taught through a combination of group and individual therapy. DBT is a great adjunct to individual therapy, and it helps many people stop unwanted behaviors while becoming “unstuck”. DBT helps with various conditions such as eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and substance abuse among many others.
There are four skills training modules in DBT- mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance (see descriptive articles on each topic in the articles tab on this website). Each module helps to mend skill deficits commonly seen in various mental health conditions- lack of emotional understanding, emotional dysregulation, dysregulation of sense of self, inability to handle crisis, and ineffective communication skills. Each module lasts six weeks. In mindfulness, clients learn CBT, and they learn to watch how they think while learning to try and stay present in the moment. We add radical acceptance to encourage people to deal with reality and stop resisting their life situations (as resistance causes suffering). In interpersonal effectiveness, people learn to say no, to ask for help, to apply assertiveness and boundary setting. Emotional regulation helps people understand their feelings and get more present in their bodies. They also learn to do things that help remain stable so that their emotions are more balanced as well. The last segment is distress tolerance where they learn a variety of coping skills to survive crisis without making it worse.
I have been teaching DBT groups since before 2002, and I passionately believe in the transformative power of the group and DBT. The most effective use of DBT is group and individual therapy. I have seen many clients grow and change in ways they never believed possible as a result of the group! There is informative efficacy data at www.behavioraltech.com if you need more information about DBT and populations that are best served by the therapy.
DBT Services offered:
- DBT Group Skills Training
- Individual DBT based therapy
- DBT Consultation
- DBT Supervision
- DBT Seminars for Agencies or Conferences
- DBT Presentations
DBT Groups Currently available:
- Co-ed DBT group Monday mornings 10:45-12:15
- Women's DBT groups Tuesday nights 6:15-7:45
- Co-ed Teen DBT group Wednesdays 4:45-5:45
- Women's DBT group Thursday mornings 10:45- 12:15
- DBT Clinical Consultation group for therapists one Friday a month 10:30-11:30
- Co-ed DBT group Sunday afternoons 4:45-6:00