Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Are you a teen or adult struggling with:
- Feeling that you are controlled by your emotions
- Feeling stuck with unstable and problematic relationships
- Impulsivity, shame, intense irritability, or anger
- Acts of self-harm, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, or unhealthy substance use
You are not alone, and we can help. Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), we can address these issues, helping you build a life worth living. In addition to a weekly individual session, DBT includes a weekly skills group and telephone coaching as needed to get through the month’s roughest patches. We offer DBT for adults and adolescents, in groups specific for each life stage.
DBT Individual Therapy focuses on helping you find motivation for acceptance and change, as well as supporting use of skills that you learn during the weekly group skills training. You will meet with your individual therapist once a week for between 45 and 60 minutes.
DBT Skills Training Group focuses on teaching you practical, life-changing skills that help you change the patterns in your life. You will learn skills among peers, with weekly homework to practice skills in your daily life. Skills training groups meet weekly for 60-75 minutes.
In skills group, you will learn:
- Mindfulness: Practicing living in the present moment, without judgement, in full awareness, to reduce suffering and increase happiness.
- Distress Tolerance: Practicing distress tolerance allows you the opportunity to tolerate the immediate pain or crisis, without making it worse.
- Emotion Regulation: Practicing emotion regulation will increase your ability to manage and reduce emotional suffering, learn through emotions, and communicate emotions in healthy ways.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: the goal of interpersonal effectiveness is to convey your own relational need, without alienating the other person, or compromising your own self-respect. Yes, this can happen!
DBT Phone Coaching connects you with your therapist on the phone between sessions, to help you get through the hardest moments of your week, when you most need it. Your therapist can help you remember and use your skills in the moment, to stop you from acting on self-destructive patterns.