dialectical behavior therapy
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy for children, adolescents, families, and adults, to treat emotion dysregulation. Dialectics are the idea that two opposing views can be true at the same time (for example: people are doing the best they can, and, need to do better in order to reach their goals!). DBT helps individuals to learn to control their emotions and work towards "building a life worth living," according to DBT's creator, Marsha Linehan. DBT is based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. It is effective in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, mood disorders, trauma, and other conditions.
What does DBT look like?
DBT is an intensive therapy including 4 modalities:
A space to apply skills to reach your personal goals. We'll set an agenda to make sure that we target the priorities that we've agreed upon ahead of time. We'll talk about some of the behaviors needed to build your life worth living, what's getting in the way, and make a game plan for skills you'll use in the upcoming week.
Skills are generally taught in a weekly group format and cover five areas: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path. I lead a virtual adult skills group on Mondays from 6-7:30pm. While I do not currently provide multi-family groups for adolescents, I collaborate with many other clinicians who do. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming graduate groups for individuals who have already completed the standard skills training curriculum.
Call me outside of session for help using skills in crises.
DBT therapists meet weekly for "therapy for the therapist." This is where I get support from other therapists to incorporate DBT principles into my own life, so I can be the best possible therapist for you!
if your treatment does not include these 4 modalities, it is not adherent DBT!
What will I learn in DBT?
Awareness of thoughts and emotions, nonjudgmental thinking, and experience life fully in the present moment (based on principles of Zen Buddhism)
Manage crisis moments (without making the situation worse), and accept reality as it is
Daily practices to increase and maintain a balanced emotional baseline
Prioritize goals in relationships, build/maintain relationships, ask for what you want (or say no) effectively, maintain self-respect
Walking the Middle Path
Flexible thinking and behavioral strategies to increase effective behavior patterns (as well as decrease family conflict for teens/parents)
What are graduate groups?
Graduate groups are for individuals who have completed the skills training curriculum and are interested in continuing to participate in a group format in order to seek consultation from peers and review skills. Participants must have an outside therapist.
For additional information about adolescent and adult graduate groups, contact me.