What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skill-building therapeutic approach developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but it has proven effective for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
DBT is an evidence-based treatment modality that has been extensively researched in numerous clinical trials. Research indicates that, through DBT therapy and DBT skills groups, you can learn healthy coping skills that can help you to make a lasting recovery from your psychiatric disorder or addiction.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy uses three methods of treatment: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching. A DBT therapist will be in charge of your treatment and take the lead on your DBT team. During DBT treatment, you are encouraged to engage in phone coaching between in-person sessions with your therapist, especially if you are contemplating self-harmful behavior.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy organizes treatment into stages and goals. The stages of DBT focus on the following behaviors:
- Decreasing life-threatening behaviors
- Reducing behaviors that may interfere with therapy
- Decreasing behaviors that affect your quality of life
- Building effective coping skills
- Experiencing emotions more fully
- Effectively solving ordinary life problems
- Moving toward a feeling of completeness
DBT Skills Groups
The cornerstone of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is DBT skills. These skills are taught in DBT groups and focus on improving emotional, behavioral, and cognitive instability. DBT groups focus on the development of the following four skills:
- Distress tolerance: Distress tolerance skills can help you improve impulse control and better tolerate stressful experiences.
- Mindfulness meditation: Mindfulness can help you learn to be in the present and more fully experience your senses. This DBT skill can help you stay focused and increase attentiveness.
- Emotion regulation: This DBT skill will help you to better identify your emotions, improve emotional stability, reduce emotional reactivity, and better manage your emotional health.
- Interpersonal effectiveness: Interpersonal effectiveness skills teach strategies to help you ask for what you need, better cope with interpersonal conflict, and improve the overall quality of your relationships.
DBT Treatment at the DBT West Los Angeles
The DBT Center of Los Angeles is a leading residential, day treatment, and outpatient center specializing in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We also provide DBT treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and eating disorders.
At our DBT center on the Westside of Los Angeles, you will receive comprehensive DBT therapy, including individual DBT therapy sessions, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching, depending on which program you are enrolled in. Based on your individual needs, you may also receive psychiatric services and a variety of small specialized groups. All of our DBT therapists are trained in the DBT model of treatment.
DBT LA is the only treatment center on the West Coast that offers a full continuum of DBT treatment programs, including residential, day treatment, and outpatient DBT programs, to help you achieve lasting recovery.
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