How Does Dialectical Behavior Therapy Work?
DBT treatment goes beyond talk therapy by providing you with skills you can use in your daily life to manage intense emotional impulses. It allows you to become self-aware of your urges and actions so that you can learn to reduce patterns of instability that may be causing you to struggle with life and relationships.
DBT therapy for adults involves individual and group therapy sessions, skills training, and phone coaching. Both individual and group sessions aim to bring forth acceptance of self; a necessary step to facilitating lasting change. During sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to identify harmful behavioral patterns so that we can work on replacing them with healthier ones. You’ll also learn to recognize your positive strengths and use them to change thoughts and behaviors that are not working for you.
During group sessions, you’ll collaborate with a team to work on exercises, assignments, and module lessons from previous meetings. You’ll be encouraged to fill out a weekly “Diary Card” where you’ll take notes of your daily emotions and behaviors that will help us identify patterns. This is going to allow us to help you develop practical skills for effectively dealing with the challenges you’re going through. You’ll also learn to set healthier boundaries for yourself that will help you to start feeling more in control of your life and relationships.