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Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT

DBT provides our clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness, which focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance, which is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation, which covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness, which consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT is one of the most extensively researched treatment modalities available, and is helpful in decreasing impulsivity, suicidality, and harmful behaviors. This evidenced based modality is successful in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. DBT Treatment takes place twice a week, during group therapy, at Holdfast Recovery to learn DBT practices, and to develop skills and refine skills.