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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)

Mental health and addiction impact millions across the United States; and while more than 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, only around 10 percent receive treatment. Whether you or your loved one are suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, depression, PTSD, substance abuse disorder, or any other disorder that currently reduces your quality of life, dialectical behavior therapy can assist you on your road to recovery.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DBT THERAPY

While focusing on skills training, DBT is often broken down into four key modules. Two of these modules are based on acceptance while the other two relate to behavioral change. These modules are as follows.

If you are working through a dual-diagnosis, your treatment plan will be tailored to you and your unique needs. If you are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol, substance abuse will be the highest order DBT target within the behaviors that interfere with your quality of life. During DBT, the ultimate goal here would be to discontinue using destructive substances for good (i.e. change), while also understanding that a relapse, should it occur, does not mean that you cannot succeed (i.e. acceptance).

  • Mindfulness

    This module helps you learn to observe your emotions, thoughts, and actions without judgment so that you can promote greater acceptance. You will learn how to accept and be present in the current moment.

  • Emotional Regulation

    When dealing with intense emotions, it’s important to learn how to regulate them. This begins with identifying emotions (i.e. sadness and anger). Throughout the course of your DBT treatment plan, you will learn to reduce your susceptibility to these types of extreme, damaging emotions; all while learning how to cope and experience more positive emotions.

  • Distress Tolerance

    This is the second acceptance skill, which helps you cope with emotional pain and distressing situations. The goal here is to learn how to accept these situations for what they are, letting go of what you think they should be. This means you will learn to tolerate and overcome negative emotions instead of trying to escape them.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

    DBT works by actively improving the way you communicate with others. After all, one of the main goals of this therapy is to help you improve your relationships. As you learn to communicate your needs and set boundaries in a healthy manner, this will allow you to protect your mental health and the bonds you share with those you love. The ultimate goal here is to learn how to communicate in a way that is assertive while maintaining self-respect.

    Most often, a DBT program will also incorporate individual psychotherapy. Depending on what it is you aim to treat, your experience will differ. For example, as reported in this empirical review, when aiming to treat borderline personality disorder, there are certain goals that are reached during each stage of treatment.

    These include:

    -Reducing behaviors that interfere with therapy and/or your quality of life in order to improve behavioral skills.
    -Treating any issues related to past trauma.
    -Developing great self-esteem while improving everyday behavioral skills, with the goal to reclaim happiness.
    -Finding a higher purpose.

CORNER CANYON HEALTH CENTERS CAN HELP

At Corner Canyon Health Centers, we offer the latest and most innovative treatment methods. Our inpatient mental health and addiction recovery center offers a wide range of programs and treatment options, including behavioral therapy. Here, we will teach you how to increase emotional regulation by observing triggers so that you can develop beneficial coping skills.

At Corner Canyon, we understand that each individual is unique in terms of their needs, desires, and goals. That is why we offer customized treatment plans, supporting you every step of the way.

Ready to begin your road to recovery? We’re here for you. Call us today to obtain the help you deserve today!

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