Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, also known as DBT, was created by Marsha Linehan PhD. DBT is a therapeutic modality that is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Basically it means it is a behavioral approach that builds upon some basic foundations founded within the CBT model. DBT is a therapy that has been effective in treating affective mood disorders. One of the first tiers of DBT is learning the DBT skills composed of four main themes: Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance.
When is it effective ...
Learning DBT skills can be the easiest part of DBT as a therapeutic model. The DBT skills are easy to learn, can be fun to learn in group settings or online DBT classes, and are some of the most intuitive skills that every one can benefit from. The challenge comes in applying the skills into every day living and creating a life worth living day in and day out.
DBT has shown to be effective for people that are having constant suicidal thinking, engaging in self injurious behaviors and generally have a hard time regulating their emotions. DBT is also effective for persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). When Dr. Linehan initially started using and testing the effectiveness of DBT, most of the patients were women with high suicidality. Now DBT has been used with many more populations and is showing to be effective in helping adolescents struggling with emotional disregulation as discussed above.
As mentioned above, learning DBT skills is just one of the tiers in the DBT model. With stabilization of emotional disregulation comes the long journey of building a worth life living and finding a higher meaning and purpose in life.
I am trained in DBT and can provide individual therapy and group therapy using DBT skills to adolescents and adults.