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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Women with Difficulties Coping

What is DBT?

DBT is a treatment designed for individuals who engage in self-destructive behaviors, including, but not limited to, self-cutting, suicidal ideation or substance misuse. DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment which incorporates mindfulness, yet focuses on building important coping skills.

DBT group skills

Mindfulness skills are adapted from eastern spiritual practices and western contemplative practices. You learn how to focus your attention and be aware of just one thing in the moment. You are taught to observe and then describe experiences and to participate non-judgmentally and more effectively in your life

  1. Distress Tolerance skills focus on the ability to accept both oneself and the current situation in a non-judgmental manner. This is particularly useful in situations where nothing can be done immediately to change a distressing situation.
  2. Emotion Regulation skills teach you how to moderate emotions, re-orient attention and overcome mood-dependent actions. These skills are about understanding your emotions and having more effective emotional experiences.
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills are similar to standard interpersonal problem solving and assertiveness training. Learning to effectively interact with others can help reduce overwhelming emotions and help develop more positive relationships in your life.

How can I participate in DBT?

You must be in ongoing individual treatment in order to participate in the DBT treatment group. Your therapist can talk to you about participation in particular skill groups or in all skill groups. 

In order to fully benefit from the group treatment, you will need to be stabilized on all of your medications and sober on the days that you attend group. You will be required to attend an initial assessment at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress before you attend group. Additional questions can be answered during this session.

For further information, please call (330) 379-5094.