What is DBT?

What is DBT?

People who have experienced a traumatic event know how hard it is to handle stress, anxiety, and depression caused by the trauma. Losing a job, breaking up with your partner, and experiencing other traumatic events can take a toll on your mental health. However, these issues can be eased. DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) has proven a great treatment plan for people suffering from mental illnesses – whether it is work stress or a serious mental disorder, such as depression. What is DBT? And, can it really help you cope with stress and negativity?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment designed for individuals with personality disorders or who have experienced trauma, and who often struggle with suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, and/or co-occurring disorders. It is not unusual for individuals who have experienced trauma to struggle with other problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, or substance misuse. DBT is a modification of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It is an “empirically supported treatment” that has been shown to be extremely helpful in treating almost all types of mental disorders. The main purpose of the therapy is to help people understand their emotions.

It’s important to understand what is DBT and what issues it can address before you start these therapies. DBT can be performed in-person, over the call, and in group settings – whichever works for the patient. A trained and qualified medical practitioner performs dialectical behavior therapy to analyze your mental state, discover the trauma you’ve experienced, and teach you the best techniques to regulate your emotions and regain your confidence. DBT has tremendous effects on your overall well-being. Not only does it help you cope with negativity, but it shows you the best way to handle the episodes of anxiety.

The Village of Kairos works with many clients who have experienced significant trauma and who might not be ready to fully participate in the rigid structure of comprehensive DBT due to their trauma symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, poor concentration, etc.). We at the Village offer the therapeutic option of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy/ Individual Trauma-Focused Therapy. With Sensorimotor Psychotherapy/ Individual Trauma-Focused Therapy, the client is provided with skills and resources from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ in order to maximize the benefits of comprehensive DBT.

 

Since the Village works with many clients who have experienced significant trauma and who might not be ready to fully participate in the rigid structure of comprehensive DBT due to their intrusive trauma symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, poor concentration, etc.), we at the Village offer the therapeutic option of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy/ Individual Trauma-Focused Therapy. With Sensorimotor Psychotherapy/ Individual Trauma-Focused Therapy, the client is provided with skills and resources from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ in order to maximize the benefits of comprehensive DBT.

Listed below are the four DBT skills which you will be able to acquire through your DBT healing journey at the Village of Kairos.

What is DBT

Mindfulness

The practice of being fully aware and present at the moment.
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Emotional Regulation

The ability to be emotionally flexible and change the emotions that you want to change. 
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Distress Tolerance

The ability to cope and survive during a crisis, as well as tolerate pain during difficult situations when change is not an option.
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Interpersonal Effectiveness

Knowing how to ask for what you want, and knowing when to say no, while maintaining healthy boundaries within your relationships.

So, what is DBT? And, who is it for? The therapy is not only for those experiencing stress and anxiety, but it is an effective treatment option for drug and alcohol addicts. Most of the time, people develop substance addiction to deal with the trauma. Substance abuse is often seen as a temporary way to forget past events and cope with anxiety. Dialectical Behavior Therapy identifies the root cause of the addiction and resolves these issues. Our therapists have performed comprehensive DBT on many mental health patients in the past. We believe that this therapy does a lot more than regulating your emotions. It teaches you how to deal with negativity and handle rough phases without relying on drugs and alcohol. You will start noticing changes in your behavior and lifestyle as you start taking this therapy from our expert DBT therapists.