Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Encompasses a wide variety of topics and ways in which you can benefits from it!
You can utilize:
Phone Coaching: This is offered to help you regulate yourself and encourage use of the skills learned during group. Client is to call prior to impulse behavior, to process thoughts and feelings.
Individual Therapy: Clients are to utilize this in anyway that they see fit, in the beginning of the sessions review of a Diary Card, will take place, followed by the client and counselor collaboratively working to meet clients goals.
Group Therapy: In the groups we will focus on the Four Core Lessons (which I have listed below). Each group session will be a time for skills learning and feedback on the effectiveness of your use of skills throughout the week.
If you want the benefits of one though, its strongly encourage that you participate in all three ways, for the most effective results towards change.
The Four Core Lessons include
Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
Emotional Regulation: HOW TO Change emotions that you want to change
DBT uses both acceptance and change strategies, DBT asks both client and therapist to find a balance between accepting reality as it is, and maintaining a strong commitment to change. Such treatment is ideally offered in an environment that is warm and validating, while attempting to offer enough challenge and guidance to effect behavioral change and reduction of harmful behaviors. The goal is to help clients create “a life worth living.” Research has shown that DBT treatment is most effective when it includes 1. individual therapy, 2. a weekly skills training group and 3. help with skills application by phone with the individual therapist between sessions.