Dialetical Behavioral Therapy
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people who struggle to manage their emotions, stress, relationships and impulsive behaviors. DBT combines cognitive-behavioral-therapy and mindfulness practice. It is based on a bio-social theory which believes problems develop from the interaction of biological/physiological makeup and environmental factors, which together, create difficulty managing emotions. DBT therapists take a compassionate view, accepting you for who you are while helping you change and work toward your goals.
OPTION 1: Individual DBT Coaching
Individual DBT sessions focus on applying the DBT skills to your unique life circumstances. In these sessions we will identify appropriate “targets” – behaviors, thoughts and feelings that you would like to increase or decrease – and work with you to achieve meaningful change. DBT treatment is heavily influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but has an added emphasis on Validation, i.e., accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than fighting against them. The therapist’s role during these sessions is to help you find a balance between acceptance and change. Some clients appreciate this modification as a pre-curser to group therapy and other clients just feel more comfortable with a one-on-one approach.
We will take our time to learn and practice:
OPTION 2: Group DBT *NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
* Open group for adults age 18+ with a revolving schedule.
* Lecture and interactive format involving individual and group activities.
* Handouts & materials provided
* Collaboration with outside therapist provided
$50.00 per group session (Insurance is accepted- Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Insurance Checks, Cash/Check and payment plan options available)
Covers Skill Modules 1&2 (8 weeks):
Covers Skill Modules 3&4 (10 weeks):
We ask that all members commit to a full session and both Session A & B for optimal results.
New members may be added at session breaks.
In this video, DBT Developer and Behavioral Tech founder Dr. Marsha Linehan describes the amazing changes she's seen in people who have received DBT and gotten out of hell.
The Four Skill Modules
Self-Harm- What is it?
Working with hundreds of clients that have engaged in self-injurious behavior I often get asked this question. Please understand this response is no way able to cover the diversity of the answers that I have received from clients. However, I hope it starts you down a path of seeking understanding and exhibiting compassion as we help teach our friends, family and even self how to cope in healthier ways.
Self injury, also called self-harm, self-mutilation, or simply cutting, is defined as any intentional injury to one's own body. Usually, self-injury leaves marks or causes tissue damage. Self-injury can involve any of the following behaviors:
Here are some additional resources:
How to spot the signs
A Parents Guide to Understanding