Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

 

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Counseling and Mental Health Therapy for a number of issues such as:

  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Acting out or impulsive behaviors
  • Anger or conflict with others
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Childhood or Adult trauma
  • And many more…

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, is widely used to treat various personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, anxiety, and other trauma-related symptoms. It is considered by many psychologists to be the best practice in treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT is comprised of skills to help an individual achieve a more satisfying life. The skills are learned and practiced while receiving support in a positive and encouraging environment

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)? 

Once you have learned the skills in all 4 modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness), you will have:

  • Learned over 40 skills to help you manage stress and crisis, calm yourself, reduce depression, and increase overall sense of self and satisfaction in life.
  • Learned skills to increase distress tolerance, which will help you respond to life stressors more effectively.
  • Learned skills to help you regulate mood, so that you are better able to function.
  • Learned skill to increase focus, sense of self, and guard yourself in the here-and-now to reduce anxiety and suffering.
  • Learned skills to improve the way you relate to others and communicate effectively, which will help you to form healthy, satisfying relationships with others.
  • What are Dialectics?
  • A dialectic is the synthesis, or bringing together of, two opposing ideas, emotions, thoughts, or desires. The opposite of a dialectic is a dichotomy (i.e. hot and cold, live or die, hate and love, black and white). In this manner, depression and anxiety are seen as the emotional result of struggling with certain dichotomous desires. One example of a dichotomous or conflicting desire is wanting to be social and have friends, but feeling insecure and fearful at the same time. The behavioral result is that this individual may sometimes withdrawal and isolate, or feel confused as to which way to behave. One my feel confused or lost, pulled in two directions, or “frozen.” Dialectical Behavioral Therapy resolves the tension, anxiety, conflict, and confusion which results from wanting two conflicting or opposing things at the same time.

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