What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidenced based cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT has been proven to be effective for individuals struggling with regulating emotions and tolerating distress. The goal of DBT is to help patients learn to manage their difficult emotions by letting them experience, recognize and accept them. As you learn to accept and regulate your emotions, you are able to replace maladaptive coping mechanisms with healthy/adaptive coping skills. To help you achieve this, DBT therapists use a balance of acceptance and change techniques.
Comprehensive DBT consists of 4 critical components that correspond to the evidence-based model developed and researched by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her colleagues at the University of Washington.
Weekly Individual DBT Session with a therapist who has completed a 10-day intensive training in DBT by a nationally recognized DBT clinician and in which a completed diary card is reviewed and informs the session.
DBT Skills Training Group: weekly group sessions for skills training and review. There are 4 skills modules: Mindfulness; Distress Tolerance; Emotional Regulation; Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Phone Skills Coaching: in-between sessions, our DBT therapists are available to provide skills coaching outside of session.
Consultation: The DBT Team meets weekly to provide team members with consultation, education, and support.
Without all four of these components, the treatment is NOT DBT!
All of our clinicians have participated in multiple intensive trainings and currently receive ongoing supervision from a DBT - Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician.
At 3 States of Mind Counseling, we use a combination of multiple approaches and techniques: DBT, DBT-C, and Theraplay®.
DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a comprehensive treatment and may be the treatment for you if you experience thoughts of suicide, social anxiety, depression, difficulty controlling intense emotions, self harm or trauma. In DBT, you will gain understanding of your behaviors, emotions and thoughts and learn to control the emotions that seem uncontrollable. You will learn skills to help you keep friends and feel more in control of your life. While DBT is gaining in recognition thanks to an abundance of research proving its efficacy in treating various disorders, not all DBT clinicians are the same. At 3 States of Mind Counseling, we have fully integrated DBT into every aspect of treatment and follow the treatment model with fidelity. This means you can be assured we will not only guide you with support and care but also stick to the values and principles of DBT.
DBT-C is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment that focuses on children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their families. Does your child experience intense feelings, worry or anxiety, aggression, temper tantrums, thoughts of suicide or self harm? Do they avoid trying new things or making an effort? Do they appear to sabotage happy moments or fun activities? If you answer yes to any of these, DBT-C may be a fit for your family. In DBT-C you and your child will learn how to replace old behaviors with new, adaptive behaviors. Your family will learn coping skills to communicate and control intense feelings and thoughts. In this treatment the relationship between parent/caregiver and therapist is crucial as we will work together to make the changes needed to restore peace in your home.
The Theraplay® model is based on the parent/child relationship and focuses on four dimensions of your relationship: engaging your child, structuring your child, challenging your child, and nurturing your child. The treatment is implemented through a series of experiential activities involving the parent, child and therapist. Theraplay® may be a fit for you if you are raising a child who is clingy, traumatized, acting-out, defiant or you have been told your adopted child has Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Individual & Family Psychotherapy