Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Serenity Now, CMHC, utilizes dialectical behavior therapy among other types of therapies to treat our clients and help them overcome their unique struggles with mental health disorders and substance abuse. Developed in the late 1980s by Marsha Linehan, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat borderline personality disorder and other types of mental health disorders. DBT is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. Although originally developed to treat those struggling with borderline personality disorder, DBT is now used in a variety of psychological treatment for other disorders such as eating disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders.
Dialectical behavior therapy is a therapy designed to help individuals change patterns of behavior that are self-destructive or not helpful, such as self-harm, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. DBT helps people increase their cognitive and emotional regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy assumes that struggling individuals are doing the best they can, but lack the necessary skills to function appropriately in certain situations. DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills:
● Mindfulness: The practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
● Distress Tolerance: How to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
● Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
● Emotion Regulation: How to change emotions that you want to change
Research has shown dialectical behavior therapy to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance use, anger, and depression.. At Serenity Now, CMHC, we believe that our clients can make meaningful changes in their lives that help them to overcome their mental health issues and/or struggles with substance abuse. By utilizing dialectical behavior therapy in congruence with various other therapies, our clients learn healthy ways to cope with and manage their feelings and thoughts.