Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices including Eastern mindfulness techniques. The term "dialectical" comes from the idea that bringing two opposites together in therapy -- acceptance and change will bring better results than either one alone.
While DBT was initially developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals with BPD, it has evolved into a treatment for individuals with multiple different disorders. DBT has been successful in treating individuals who struggle with: substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, cutting/self-harm behaviors and PTSD.
DBT Groups at Beyond the Mirror
Adolescent DBT Group
This group follows a curriculum, covering: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Walking the Middle Path. The minimum length of participation in the group will be 24 weeks, with the possibility of continuing on in the group if needed.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an intensive therapy geared toward adolescents that have issues including but not limited to: self-injurious, eating disorders, impulsivity, relationship & interpersonal difficulties, suicidal ideation, and/or are having extreme difficulties regulating their emotions. Adolescents range in age between 14 and 19.
Days/times vary for summer/fall
Women's DBT Group
The DBT curriculum taught in Individual Skills Training sessions is identical to the curriculum taught in Skills Group. Whether you choose to participate in Individual DBT Skills Training or a DBT Skills Group is largely based upon personal preference, as well as therapist recommendation.
Core DBT Skill Modules:
1) Mindfulness- you learn the art of focusing your attention on one thing at a time, and how to be fully present in the moment. There is a peaceful and wise place within called "wisemind"... you learn to BE in this place where thoughts and feelings come and go like waves.
2) Emotional regulation- you learn how to experience and express your emotions in a safe and meaningful way. Reducing emotional vulnerability along with increasing your awareness of the value, function and role of emotions is learned and further explored in this module.
3) Distress Tolerance- you learn how to tolerate and manage distressing emotions and situations by practicing new skills and behaviors including self-soothing, distracting, problem-solving and improving the moment.
4) Interpersonal Effectiveness- you learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships, how to balance priorities vs. demands, wants vs. shoulds, and how to achieve a greater sense of mastery, self respect and self regard in life.
*Self Management - you learn how to check in with your self, validate, correct or reinforce your own thoughts, emotions and actions.