Types of therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive and evidence-based therapy approach that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness practices. It was initially developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan to help individuals who experience intense emotional struggles, self-destructive behaviors, and difficulties in regulating their emotions.

How Does Dialectical Behavior Therapy Work?

DBT is designed to help individuals develop skills for managing emotions, improving relationships, and coping with distress. It is particularly effective for individuals who struggle with self-destructive behaviors, borderline personality disorder (BPD), suicidal ideation, and chronic emotional dysregulation.

DBT consists of individual therapy sessions and skills training groups. In individual therapy, the therapist and client work collaboratively to identify and address specific issues and challenges. The therapist provides validation and support while helping the individual build skills for emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

Skills training groups are an essential component of DBT, where individuals learn and practice new skills in a group setting. These groups provide a supportive environment for individuals to enhance their abilities in managing emotions, improving relationships, and effectively coping with stress.

In addition to individual therapy and skills training groups, DBT also includes phone coaching. Clients have access to their therapist outside of sessions for brief phone consultations during times of crisis or when they require additional support.

Who Can Benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is highly beneficial for individuals who struggle with emotional dysregulation, self-harm behaviors, suicidal thoughts, impulsive actions, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships. It is especially effective for those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), although it can also be helpful for other mental health conditions where emotion dysregulation is a significant component.

DBT is suitable for individuals of different ages and backgrounds, including adolescents and adults. It can be adapted to various settings, including individual therapy, group therapy, and even in residential treatment programs.

Why Choose Us for Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

At Glimmer, we offer a compassionate and nonjudgmental space where individuals can explore their challenges, build skills for emotional regulation, and receive guidance in enhancing their quality of life. Our therapists utilize evidence-based techniques, such as mindfulness practices and behavior change strategies, to empower individuals in their journey toward emotional stability and personal growth.

If you are looking for effective and comprehensive therapy to manage your emotions, cope with distress, and improve your relationships, we invite you to contact us today. Our dedicated team is here to support you on your path to healing and creating a life worth living.

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