Dialectic Behavioral Therapy is a rich blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Zen Buddhist teachings, and practice street smarts. Designed initially to address the unique issues of Borderline Personality Disorder – folks with complex, complicated trauma histories for whom emotional regulation is often extremely difficult – has proven to be a game-changer for many in addressing a variety of mental health issues. DBT invites the practice of “Mindfulness” – listening to our voice in the decision-making process, a process of exposure, desensitization, and acceptance – with a clinical professional. DBT is hard work and not a commitment to be entered into with haste for either the client and the clinician.
Ideally this method – regardless of diagnosis – is best practiced as a “set”: a group element; individual therapy; an emergency contact person different than the therapist or group leader; and case manager. This “set” is not always possible. In working with me as your individual therapist we will create this network of support. We will also take a structured approach using a DBT workbook format which includes homework. Yes, homework … the difference you seek will not happen fast or just in the therapeutic hour. Life takes practice and DBT provides some grounded life hack skills for the long haul.