Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Metro Atlanta Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Experiencing emotions very intensely or difficulty controlling emotions can be a significant contributing factor to many mental health conditions and disorders. For people who struggle with intense emotions, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) may be an effective treatment option. DBT has been proven to be successful at treating many mental health conditions, and this therapy is available at CNSL.

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Identifying and changing negative ways of thinking in order to achieve positive changes in behavior is the primary goal of cognitive behavioral therapy. DBT incorporates efforts toward positive change with an additional focus on acceptance. The term “dialectical” refers to joining together two opposing ideas – in this case, acceptance and change. DBT helps patients to understand and accept their mental health status while also striving for positive change to improve their quality of life.

Who Can Benefit from DBT?

Dialectical behavioral therapy is particularly effective for patients with multiple mental health conditions, those who are at high risk of self-destructive or harmful behaviors, and patients who may not be successful with other forms of psychotherapy. DBT was first used to treat patients with suicidal thoughts and borderline personality disorder. Today the use of DBT has expanded to treat conditions including:

How Does DBT Work?

DBT focuses on four core concepts to build healthier behaviors. They include:

  • Regulation of emotions. Patients work to recognize their emotions and adjust their responses when necessary.
  • Distress tolerance. When strong emotional reactions occur, patients must learn to avoid impulsive or harmful behaviors such as substance abuse.
  • Mindfulness. Awareness of the present moment and the experience of the patient and those around them is emphasized.
  • Interpersonal skills. Patients learn to navigate conflict and interact with others in positive ways.

Treatment using DBT generally happens in stages. In the first stage, a therapist helps the patient address the most harmful behaviors, like substance use or self-harm. Then, in stage two, the patient works to build healthier habits through distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Stage three addresses relationships and self-esteem, and finally, in stage four, the patient works toward improved quality of life through positive experiences and connections.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is Available at CNSL

DBT can offer significant improvements in health and well-being for patients with intense emotional experiences who have not found success through other forms of mental health treatment. However, it may not be the best treatment option for some patients. If your personal or professional life is being impacted by difficulty controlling your emotions, it’s important to talk with a mental health professional to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment for your specific needs.

At CNSL, we have therapists trained in a wide range of treatment methods, including DBT. We work with patients to identify their unique mental health needs and goals and design a course of treatment with the best possibility of success.

To learn more about all our treatment options, including dialectical behavioral therapy, contact our office by phone or through our online contact form today. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to a healthier life.

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