The mindfulness-based and skill-building techniques of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are helpful for individuals struggling with managing emotions, tolerating distress, and/or successfully engaging in relationships. Studies show that this treatment modality is helpful for numerous presenting issues. It’s especially helpful for Borderline Personality Disorder and individuals who engage in self-destructive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Click here to learn more about DBT.
Therapy sessions focus on learning coping skills to help individuals cope with painful feelings and tolerate emotional turmoil. Skills training is especially helpful to teach individuals how to tolerate distressing moments without engaging in problematic behaviors that simply make a bad situation worse. Specific skill sets are dedicated to improving relationships, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.
There are two methods of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy available: adherent and informed therapy. What’s the difference?
This approach is most suited for individuals needing a higher level of care and likely have more serious symptoms of emotional distress. This adherent approach means that the therapists providing treatment are likely certified in DBT. The fully adherent approach includes the following:
At The Psychology Group, we provide informed DBT which means our therapists received advanced training in DBT and implement the skills and interventions in individual therapy. Currently, we are not certified in DBT and do not offer the skills training groups. However, we work closely with other practitioners who offer these groups nearby. An informed approach works best for those with a lower severity of symptoms. If you’re not sure if this is sufficient, please call our office to discuss your situation in greater detail.