- A focus on self-acceptance – Many individuals who struggle with substance abuse have a difficult time tolerating uncomfortable emotions, and tend to view themselves in a negative light. DBT teaches clients to accept themselves where they are, while developing a useful set of skills that helps them gain self-esteem and foster a sense of self-worth.
- Developing personal skill sets – Clients acquire a personal set of skills that allow them to change negative thought and behavioral patterns on their own (outside of therapy).
- Collaboration – DBT also focuses on the development of healthy communication skills, encouraging clients and therapists to work together and collaborate.
- Ongoing support – Clients work to identify their positive attributes, and they receive ongoing therapeutic support and encouragement which allows them to focus on and further build upon these attributes.
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The Benefits and Main Strategies of DBT
We focus on behavioral changes through four main strategies of DBT. These include:
- Core mindfulness – Clients work on developing mindfulness skills, which help them stay present in the moment and tune into their senses without judgement.
- Interpersonal effectiveness – This strategy helps clients foster healthy interpersonal relationships. They learn to set and maintain personal boundaries, express their needs and communicate in healthy and productive ways.
- Distress tolerance – Clients learn how to talk themselves through potential crises by employing a range of skills, including self-soothing, healthy distraction and “playing the tape through.”
- Emotional regulation – Clients learn how to identify and work through unpleasant emotions that might otherwise lead to relapse.
DBT is an extremely effective therapeutic method, and can positively impact men and women of any age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. Upon admission to our treatment program each individual client undergoes a detailed evaluation, which helps our clinical team determine whether or not DBT is going to be a useful and effective method of therapeutic intervention. Some degree of DBT is incorporated into nearly every personalized treatment plan.