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.