What is DBT and is it the right approach for you?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT is a cognitive behavioral approach focusing on those who struggle with managing their intense emotional experience in everyday situations. Specifically, it is for those who lack coping mechanisms, have extreme emotional responses to stresses, and who struggle to maintain relationships because of emotional instability. The goal of DBT is “to help individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living.” This is accomplished by focusing on different areas of distress and identifying coping tools to manage emotional deregulation.
Is it right for me?
This approach may seem straightforward and easy to implement. Those that benefit the most from this approach to therapy suffer when they are unable to center their emotions or tolerance levels to a baseline that is reasonable for them or those around them. If this is the case, it is important to find a therapist that has been extensively trained and supervised in DBT. The Treatment And Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder offers the following tips to finding the right DBT Therapist at this link: https://www.tara4bpd.org/new-page-71/
What does CPE Clinic, LLC offer for those interested in DBT?
All of our DBT work is led by Magda Rodriguez Gonzalez, Psy.D. Whom during her postgraduate work, Dr. Rodriguez was trained by and worked with Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. who established the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Rodriguez leads a DBT Skills Group, DBT individual therapy, DBT phone coaching, and is part of a DBT consultation team.
What is Comprehensive DBT?
In comprehensive DBT standard form, there are four components of DBT: skills training group, individual treatment, DBT phone coaching, and consultation team. At CPE Clinic, LLC, Dr. Rodriguez offers a skills training group and carry a small load of comprehensive cases. Individual treatment focuses on getting behavioral control and building a life worth living. The DBT phone coaching component is a way of helping the client generalize skills learned into their lives. The consultation team helps the therapist to stay within the treatment principles and decrease chances of burnout. Comprehensive DBT skills groups meet for 48 weeks. See below for more information on DBT skills groups.