Create a Life Worth Living
What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?
DBT is an evidence-based form of cognitive-behavioral therapy created by Dr. Marsha Linehan for individuals who have significant difficulty regulating their intense emotions. Research shows that DBT reduces inpatient hospitalizations, suicidal behavior and the incidence and severity of self-harming behavior. Initially developed to treat suicidal and self-harming individuals who were exhibiting symptoms of borderline personality disorder, DBT has now expanded as an effective treatment for many other disorders. DBT combines mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies with change-oriented strategies to help individuals who have intense, difficult to manage emotions learn new ways to manage their feelings without engaging in impulsive or self-damaging behaviors. The goal of DBT is to help our clients create a life worth living by first reducing their suffering and ultimately assisting them in creating the life they envision for themselves. Evidence-based DBT has four components (see Our Programs for more details):
- Individual therapy
- Skills training group
- Phone coaching between sessions
- Consultation team for therapists
Coping skills that target common areas of dysregulation are taught.
|Common Areas of Dysregulation|| |
|Emotional Dysregulation || |
Emotion Regulation Skills
Learn to identify and manage emotions effectively by reducing reactivity and building positive experiences into your life
|Behavioral Dysregulation || |
Distress Tolerance Skills
Learn skills to tolerate intense emotions without engaging in impulsive and/or destructive behaviors; avoid making difficult situations worse
|Cognitive Dysregulation || |
Middle Path Skills
Balance extreme thinking by learning that there is more than one way to see a situation and/or solve a problem
|Self Dysregulation || |
Observe thoughts and emotions in the present moment to build awareness and help promote effective decision making
|Interpersonal Dysregulation || |
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Learn skills to communicate effectively, maintain relationships with others and preserve your self-respect
If you relate to this DBT model and want to build a life worth living, please contact our intake line at (516) 627-6201 today to get started.