You’re looking back on another evening filled with regret.
Regret because you didn’t stop yourself from having those last few glasses of wine and then calling your Ex.
Regret because, yet again, you were feeling bad and turned to massive amounts of chocolate.
Regret because you got insanely angry at your friend when, really, you were upset with yourself.
You just can’t seem to control your impulses. No matter how hard you try.
DBT can help you gain control.
DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
DBT gives you concrete tools to create the life you want to live.
It includes four sets of behavioral skills:
- Mindfulness: The practice of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment; living in the moment, experiencing one’s emotions and senses fully, yet with perspective.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Attending to your needs and improving relationships. Skills for how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.
- Emotion Regulation: Learn the function of emotions and learn skills to regulate emotions. Improve your ability to describe, change, and cope effectively, rather than letting your emotions control you.
- Distress Tolerance: How to tolerate pain and intense emotions in difficult situations, not change it. Manage crises without making your problems worse.
DBT is offered through two services: individual and group.
Usually, both are recommended – it’s the combination of learning the skills along with having them reinforced and explicated in a more individual way that helps really solidify the changes you’re trying to make.
That said, sometimes you already have an individual therapist who recommends that you participate in a DBT Skills Group – we absolutely welcome those who are looking to participate in group only.
Or, on occasion, our DBT Skills Group is full, so while you wait for a space to open up, we offer individual DBT skills training.
We work with you to figure out the plan of action that makes the most sense.