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DBT Therapy

DBT therapy is a type of therapy that falls under the umbrella of a another methodology called CBT therapy. No group of people are better at giving common sense therapeutic approaches complicated names and acronyms than psychologists! Let’s break down what these types of mental health therapies are and how they work. They can sound overly complex due to their names, but they’re effective, straightforward, and very helpful (and we happen to specialize in them).

CBT Therapy – the parent of DBT therapy

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The high level overview of CBT is this – what you’re thinking impacts your behavior. If you have behaviors in your life that are destructive or harmful, you can begin dealing with those behaviors by changing your thinking. CBT helps clients learn to oversee their own therapy. Therapists help them adopt better behaviors to deal with life’s problems effectively.

DBT Therapy – how it works

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It is a more specific type of therapy based on CBT. Dialectical means the discussion of two opposing ideas, which is the foundation of how DBT therapy works. It is taking your internal thoughts and beliefs about yourself and your surroundings and challenging those things with “checking the facts”. It’s effectively the intersection of accepting who you are while also changing negative behaviors. Even people who don’t find CBT to bee effective tend to enjoy the practical “how-tos” provided by DBT.

Standard DBT Therapy is broken down into four areas:

This is learning how to feel intense emotions like anger or frustration without letting those feelings overwhelm you. We help clients learn how to process those feelings without reacting impulsively (like saying or doing harmful things). We want to strike a balance between honoring and accepting your feelings while minimizing the negative impacts of acting on those feelings.

DBT offers a number of tools to help clients learn to regulate overwhelming emotions. In the moment, it can be extremely difficult to not allow our feelings to take over. An interesting formula to consider: pain + non-acceptance = suffering. Pain + acceptance = ordinary pain. We’ll work together to learn how to accept our feelings without allowing them to override our lives.

Consciously focusing your mind without judgement or attachment on a regular basis helps you maintain a sense of balance. You’ll hear our therapists talking about your “wise mind” – the mind that encompasses both your emotions and your logic. Allowing your brain to find balance between the way that you’re feeling and the objective facts of your situation helps you achieve success in dealing with anxiety, depression, mental health disorders, etc.

As you become more aligned with your own emotions, feelings, and how they relate to your reality, the next step is to learn how to become more purposeful in your relationships. Interpersonal effectiveness is a set of tools you can practice to better deal with conflict with people in your life. As you grow in self-confidence, your ability to deal with those around you in positive and effective ways will grow as well.

How we use DBT therapy

CBT states that change begins with our thinking. DBT furthers that concept by giving practical tips on how to go about accepting your emotions but baselining those emotions, gently, with an understanding of your reality. DBT is a useful framework that we utilize as therapists. We’re happy to talk about it in detail, or rather just focus on the specific actions that you can take without focusing on the methodology from a technical perspective. We’re here to help you maximize your happiness, contentment, and joy.

If you’re interested in learning more about how DBT might be able to assist you as you grow in learning to accept yourself, schedule a 15 minute consultation with us (it’s free)!

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