Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) aims to teach people how to live a more positive, in-the-moment life. DBT provides healthy ways for coping with stress and regulating emotions. This, in turn, will also improve relationships with others.
DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington. This treatment was originally intended to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It can help individuals with emotional regulation, distress tolerance, or interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is beneficial for self-destructive behaviors. They would include ones such as eating disorders, substance abuse, or PTSD. It has also been successfully adapted for other difficult disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder respond well.
In DBT, your counselor will work with you to resolve internal contradictions. The contradictions are between the self-acceptance of current beliefs and change for positive outcomes. Your counselor will explore with you how current actions “make sense” within your personal experience. This understanding will reduce the stress associated with change. You will learn emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.
DBT can be within one-on-one therapy or a group setting. The goal of DBT is to target issues that cause distress. The counselor teaches the skills to deal with them without self-defeating behaviors.
Pathways Counseling Services offers DBT Psychoeducational Skills groups, comprised of 4 treatment modules.
The modules are Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Each one is described below:
Mindfulness – This module focuses on improving the ability to accept and be present in the moment. You will learn skills on how to set aside worries about the past and future. This will allow you to completely address what is happening right now. Feel more in control of their emotions versus their emotions controlling them.
Distress Tolerance – This module is geared towards increasing the tolerance for negative emotions. This will allow you to deal with them rather than trying to ignore them. Individuals will learn to cope with situations that cause stress and anxiety. You’ll develop reframing skills for their thoughts and implementing self-soothing techniques.
Emotion Regulation – This module teaches participants how to understand and navigate powerful emotions. It is a strategy used to manage and regulate the emotions that are intense and problematic. You will learn to adapt and change your emotions. The goal is to improve your mindset and how you cope with them to reduce the impact. This will lead to creating more positive actions.
Interpersonal Effectiveness – This module teaches techniques to better communicate with others. You will understand how to do it in a way that’s more easily understood. Members of the group learn how to establish what they want. You’ll understand how to assess your needs, and maintain self-respect. The outcome will be healthy relationships with others.
Each treatment module is taught in a small group setting one night per week for six weeks. The cost of each of the four modules is $420 and includes a binder full of helpful resources and the protocol.
The next DBT Psychoeducational Group Distress Tolerance starts on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. The group will meet from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Contact us to learn more.
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