Increase you ability to survive a crisis
Have more control over your emotions
Improve your relationships
Be more present
Be less judgmental
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a model of therapy created by Marsha Linehan specifically to treat her clients with borderline personality disorder who were struggling with chronic suicidal ideation and engaging in self-injury. DBT is very effective at decreasing suffering and ending problematic behaviors. The therapy consists of two components, a weekly skills group and a weekly individual session.
Who can benefit from DBT?
Research has shown that DBT is not only effective for people with life threatening problems. It can be effective for people struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Inaddition in my practice, I have successfully used DBT to help people trying to manage everything from new parenthood to stressful work environments to chronic illnesses.
What are DBT skills?
Distress Tolerance Skills: Everyone has distress, trauma, pain...some kind of discomfort at one time or another. When you ignore, fight against, deny or otherwise avoid the pain it only grows causing suffering. These skills teach you accept reality and get through crisis without making the situation worse.
Emotion Regulation Skills: In this emotion phobic society, many of us have difficulty expressing our emotions. These skills teach you to understand and experience emotions more comfortably. The ultimate goal is to give you more control over your emotions rather than feeling like your emotions have control over you.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Whether it’s the boss, the kids, the parents or the partner, we all need to improve our communication with someone. With these skills you learn to communicate more effectively so you can get your needs met without damaging your relationships.
Mindfulness Skills (Skills for Paying Attention): Mindfulness is often associated with meditation where in a structured setting you practice paying attention to the moment, noticing your thoughts and feelings without judgment. These skills teach you to bring the practice of meditation into the activity of life. Mindfulness has enormous benefits including: decreasing depression and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing pain tolerance and strengthening relationships.
What DBT Services are offered?
I offer a flexible DBT program that is designed to meet the individual needs of each client. I teach DBT skills individually, in groups, in family sessions and in couples’ sessions. I don’t require that you leave your therapist to work with me.