Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
It's frustrating to understand why you keep getting into fights with your spouse, co-workers, or friends. So, constant conflicts are draining. An upsetting event happens in your life. The emotional pain is so unbearable that you choose to cope in a bad way. So, you often feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. It ends up being exhausting. These are all typical experiences of someone who would benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Who can DBT help?
DBT was created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. However, in recent years, research has shown DBT is effective in treating a wide range of mental health concerns. Some of these include:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
What about DBT skills?
If you're looking for DBT, it's likely you've heard about "DBT skills." Have you wondered what these skills are all about? They are a set of very specific skills that can help you live a better life. In fact, it's a very wide range of skills. The idea is that you can use one of these skills in almost any stressful situation you face.
Additionally, DBT is skills can be adapted to treat many different types of symptoms that are a result of different types of diagnoses. Here is a list of typical problems people struggle with that could benefit from DBT:
- Difficulty regulating your emotions
- Focusing too much on the past or the future which causes emotional distress
- Numerous conflicts with others in your life
- Engaging in unhealthy behaviors (for example, substance use, cutting, etc.) as a way to deal with emotional pain
DBT Therapy Can help with Anxiety Treatment and Depression Therapy
Learning skills and strategies to help yourself be mindful, tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and get along better with others are the four areas that DBT focuses on. Below is a description of each of the four skill sets.
- Mindfulness: You are taught how to focus on the present and what is going on around you—the touch and feel of things, sounds, images, etc. By learning how to do this, you can also learn to pay attention to what is going on inside of you—your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses— in non-judgmental ways. These skills help you to stay calm and avoid engaging in negative thought patterns and impulsive behavior.
- Tolerating Distress: This focuses on teaching you how to accept yourself and your current situation. You may have been taught how to tolerate a crisis using distraction, self-soothing, finding ways to improve the moment, or turning to the pros and cons list. This helps you to keep a more positive outlook long-term.
- Emotional Regulation: Counselors work with clients to identify, name, and change their intense negative emotions. By recognizing and coping with these emotions they can reduce their emotional vulnerability and experience life more positively.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Clients are taught how to be more assertive in their relationships, i.e. saying “no” and sharing their needs. They are taught how to listen, communicate, deal with difficult people, and respect themselves and others by setting boundaries. It is all about keeping relationships positive and healthy.
Move Forward Counseling's Approach to DBT
We have several therapists on staff who have been trained in DBT and are ready to help you. Our provider's practice "DBT informed" treatment meaning that we work with individuals on an outpatient basis to learn DBT skills and how to apply them. We do not currently offer a full DBT program, which typically involves group therapy and individual treatment. If your therapist determines this type of program would be more effective for you they can refer you to an agency in the community that provides this type of treatment.
What is Holding You Back From Starting DBT Therapy?
It can be difficult to decide to start therapy. Sometimes, people are afraid to admit they have been engaging in unhealthy coping behaviors, such as abusing substances or cutting. They fear judgment from others or they think they are the only person going through these types of problems.
We always provide a non-judgmental space so you feel comfortable sharing whatever you need to so you can start to feel better. We have treated many clients going through similar issues and have the right tools available to help you.
Begin DBT Therapy in Pennsylvania
You don't have to live with the constant feeling of being on an emotional roller coaster and feeling hurt by the people you care about. Counseling can help you manage your emotions more effectively and improve your relationships with others. Our Pennsylvania mental health private practice has caring therapists who specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. To start your counseling journey follow these simple steps:
- Give our office a call at 717-462-7003 x1 to be matched with the right therapist and schedule your first appointment.
- Meet with one of our expert DBT therapists.
- Start learning DBT skills and practicing them in your life so you can start feeling better.
Other Therapy Services at Move Forward Counseling
Dialectical Behavior Therapy isn't all we offer in our Lancaster therapy offices. First, we can offer online therapy in Pennsylvania, no matter where you are in the state. Additionally, we offer therapy for anxiety, depression treatment, trauma therapy, relationship counseling, and more. Furthermore, our therapists provide specialized services for LGBTQ+ issues, therapy for life transitions, caregiver stress, and infertility counseling. Finally, we help teens, twenty-somethings, and anyone dealing with body image issues find a way to move forward. Contact us today to get started!