A Focus on Family
Here at Suffolk DBT, we also offer family therapy. Countless times over the years, we have heard parents say, “I wish we would have done this sooner.” They didn’t have the answer to how is dialectical behavior therapy so effective until they saw the proof in their own lives.
DBT family therapy sessions are often an important opportunity to assist parents in observing how they influence and may maintain patterns of behavior that their children are exhibiting.
For example, a child who is demonstrating anxiety about going to school may cry or beg to stay home. In this instance, the child is not being bullied but is overwhelmed with their schoolwork. Most parents hate to see their child this upset or overwhelmed. In the case where the parent gives in and allows the child to stay home, the child feels instant relief. Therefore, without intending, the parent just reinforced future avoidance behaviors.
In the above example, the child’s only chance for relief is the parent coming to the rescue and giving in. In these cases, we often see that the pattern gets worse. The child learns no new positive skills for dealing with this problem. As clinicians, we work with families to look for solutions, patterns, and we come up with solutions on how to work together – child and parent. Ultimately, helping the child grow.
For more information on DBT for children, check out this blog post from Dr. Linehan’s team at Behavioral Tech.
So how is dialectical behavior therapy so effective?
Here at Suffolk DBT, we are highly trained to provide the most effective DBT services in NYC. With our support, skills are learned and client lives are enhanced. Talking about your life with a complete stranger takes some getting used to, but there is so much power and potential to giving yourself this space. We hope to see you soon.
Suffolk DBT proudly provides quality dialectical behavior therapy, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, at their offices in Manhattan and Long Island, New York and online. Their experienced NYC therapists specialize in serving teens, children, adults, and college students struggling with depression, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, and self-harm. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills and treatment can help you or your kids to manage emotions and work through life’s challenges.