Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an innovative method of treatment that has been developed specifically to meet the needs and address changes faced by individuals with mood and behavior issues. DBT skills have been found particularly effective for clients struggling with Bipolar, Borderline Personality and other mood disorders. These therapists have had special training in DBT are effective in using these skills to help you.
*At this time, our office does not offer the complete DBT program (with groups and workbooks) however, the following therapists can teach DBT skills to clients in an individual therapy setting.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
DBT was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT has also been used successfully to treat people experiencing depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic-stress disorder, and substance abuse. DBT skills are thought to have the capability of helping those who wish to improve their ability to regulate emotions, tolerate distress and negative emotion, be mindful and present in the given moment, and communicate and interact effectively with others.
This information was derived from an aritcle found at Dialectical Behavior Therapy | Psychology Today