Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy, also known as “talk therapy,” that tries to change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. In short, DBT provides individuals with the skills to effectively cope with stress, as well as:

  • Decrease conflict
  • Focus on the present and live in the moment
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Monitor and regulate emotion

Celadon Recovery recognizes some individuals enter treatment with an extreme variation in mood.  Our therapists utilize a multiple stage approach that introduces mindfulness, interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, and frustration tolerance. This approach helps our clients deal with the extreme high and lows of life and the intense emotions that feel overwhelming and impossible to manage.

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The 4 Modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being aware of and accepting what’s happening in the present moment. This can help you learn to notice and accept your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Inerpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness skills can help you be clear about these things. These skills combine listening skills, social skills, and assertiveness training to help you learn how to change situations while remaining true to your values.

Distress Tolerance

Distress tolerance techniques help prepare you for intense emotions and empower you to cope with them with a more positive long-term outlook.

Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation skills help you learn to deal with primary emotional reactions before they lead to a chain of distressing secondary reactions. For example, a primary emotion of anger might lead to guilt, worthlessness, shame, and even depression.
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