Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior TherapyChanging your behaviors on your own isn’t always easy. Especially when they are the result of a personality, mood, or anxiety disorder.

At Clearview Women’s Center, we can help you modify your behaviors and thoughts using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a skill-building treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets:

  1. Mindfulness, to help you learn to live in the moment and fully experience your emotions and senses.
  2. Interpersonal effectiveness, which can help you increase your assertiveness and relationship skills.
  3. Emotion regulation, to help you listen more closely to your emotions and learn to better manage them.
  4. Distress tolerance, which can help you find betters ways to control impulsive behaviors.

What Is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but has proven to be effective for treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. DBT, developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, also successfully treats depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that has been heavily researched through numerous clinical trials. Research has found that, through DBT therapy and DBT groups, you can learn healthy coping skills that can help you to make a long-term recovery from your psychiatric disorder or addiction in order to have a “life worth living.”

DBT Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment is organized into several stages and goals:

  • Stage 1: The first stage of DBT treatment will help you to become more in control of your behaviors. During this stage, you will learn to reduce and eliminate life-threatening behaviors and behaviors that interfere with treatment, decrease behaviors that affect your quality of life, and learn skills to help you improve your relationships and have better emotional regulation.
  • Stage 2: During the second stage of DBT treatment, you will learn to fully express your emotions. You will work with your DBT therapist to address any trauma and find ways to experience your emotions without shutting down.
  • Stage 3: The third stage of DBT treatment addresses how you solve ordinary life problems, such as relationship issues or career concerns. During this stage, you will learn techniques for solving these types of problems so that you can lead a more functional life.
  • Stage 4: During the final stage of DBT treatment, you will work with your DBT therapist to find a way to feel a sense of connection to others and the world around you.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is made up of three main components: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching. Your individual DBT therapist will manage your treatment and take the lead on a DBT team. You will be encouraged to have phone coaching sessions with your therapist to help prevent you from engaging in self-harmful behaviors.

DBT Therapy at Clearview Women’s Center

At Clearview Women’s Center, DBT is used throughout the treatment process. All staff members are educated in the DBT model to provide you with the 24-hour support and assistance you need.

Clearview Women’s Center is the only treatment center on the West Coast that offers a full continuum of DBT treatment programs, including residential DBT treatment, outpatient DBT treatment, and DBT day treatment, to help you achieve lasting recovery. Our team of DBT therapists has been intensively trained by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, or UCLA Harbor Hospital’s DBT training program.

In any of our treatment programs, you will receive comprehensive DBT therapy through individual therapy sessions, DBT skills training groups, and DBT phone coaching. Based on your needs, you may also receive psychiatric services and a variety of small specialized groups.

To find out more about how DBT can help you change your behaviors and your life, call our toll-free number today at 1- for questions and a free assessment.

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