Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that is a branch of cognitive-behavioral therapy. This approach helps identify and develop an individual’s emotions, be coherent at the moment, take care of relationships, and cope with stressful situations. DBT was first developed in the early 1990s. A psychology major researcher named Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington originated these techniques with individuals who suffered from borderline personality disorders and chronic suicidal thoughts.

How DBT Works

how dbt therapy works

Acceptance of one’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment is the first step. With DBT a person develops the ability to establish, communicate and understand their emotions, therefore, in the long run, helps regulate emotional responses to similar situations. There are 4 modules to DBT; mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is known for helping (but not limited to) the following:

Borderline Personality Disorder
Depression Disorders
Addiction Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Eating Disorders

Benefits Of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Each individual will have different short and long term goals dependent on their particular obstacles.

Adjusted unfit responses
Healthy coping skills
Regulation of intense emotions
Reduction of impulsivity
Reconnection to self and others
Increased self-esteem and motivation
Interpersonal skills
Increase in quality in life

How Can We Help

Substance Use Disorders

Peaks Recovery’s full continuum of care can treat many addictions, such as alcohol, opioids, heroin, cocaine, meth, Xanax, marijuana, prescription, and other substances that are abused and addictive.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring disorders are any combination of two or more substance use and mental health disorders. Treating CODs require a sophisticated approach to treat the whole person.

Mental Health Disorders

We treat individuals suffering from a primary mental health diagnosis (with no addictions) such as depression, trauma, anxiety, bipolar, and others.