Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a researched based mental health treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her colleagues at the University of WA which combines the principles and practices of Behaviorism, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Biosocial Theory and Dialectics. DBT was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which is characterized by symptoms of emotional dysregulation (extreme sensitivity), “black and white” thinking, chronic feelings of emptiness, thoughts or attempts of suicide or self-harm, inappropriate outbursts of anger, impulsivity, and a chronic instability of mood, behavior, sense of identity and relationships.
Over the past several years, the DBT model of therapy has been adapted to treat a broader range of mental health disorders, including: mood disorders (depression and bipolar), anxiety disorders (post-traumatic stress, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder), eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, self-harm in teens and couples and relationship conflict.
The DBT model of therapy focuses on the development of new skills to target emotional instability and dysregulation. DBT therapists are available by email or phone to assist the client with the development of these new skills. Below is a summary of the DBT program at Addiction Campuses of Mississippi:
- Weekly Individual therapy by appointment. Insurance is accepted if we are a provider
- Group Therapy
You will learn the following set of skills:
a. Mindfulness: the art of focusing on one thing at a time and how to be fully present in the moment
b. Emotional Regulation: how to experience and express emotions in a safe and meaningful way. Reducing emotional vulnerability is a primary goal.
c. Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate and manage distressing emotions and situations by practicing new skills and behaviors.
d. Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to build and maintain healthy relationships and balance priorities and values.
- Weekly Skills Coaching by email, text or phone. The goal is to provide skills coaching and support for you from your personal therapist.
- Daily Diary Card maintenance: you will keep a Therapy Diary Card and logs daily use of skills, emotions, urges and substance use.