Dialectical behavior therapy involves improving the balance of acceptance and change in a person’s life. This type of therapeutic intervention involves weekly individual therapy, a weekly skills training group, a therapist who is available between sessions to help clients in real-life situations, and collaborative sessions for therapy teams.
If you’ve been struggling with a mental health concern, a dialectical behavior therapy program can help with emotion regulation, mindfulness, and distress tolerance. The program was developed in the late 1980s and has shown positive results in millions of participants worldwide ever since. You can explore this option alongside a range of other addiction and mental health treatment options at Amatus Recovery Centers by calling 833.631.0525 today.
What Is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program?
We use dialectical behavior therapy to help people manage their emotions, develop self-awareness, and improve relationships. DBT was originally developed to treat people struggling with borderline personality disorder who were not emotionally ready for cognitive-behavioral therapy. However, this program can be used to help clients with a variety of complex mental health problems.
This program is also ideal for people who don’t respond well to medication and other treatment modalities. DBT has benefited countless individuals experiencing chronic mental health issues, including addiction as well as self-harm and eating disorders. In the dialectical behavior therapy program at Amatus Recovery, you can expect a broad range of treatment approaches that work in tandem with DBT, including:
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Community reinforcement therapy
- Contingency management program
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Support groups
Vital Skills to Learn From DBT
Dialectical behavior therapy helps people manage anger, sadness, shame, loneliness, anxiety, and other emotions. It helps people avoid acting on impulse and putting themselves in vulnerable situations. Therapists explore the following principles during dialectical behavior therapy sessions:
Mindfulness helps people to maintain focus. It’s common for people with unstable moods and long-term depression to always think about the past and the future. Mindfulness enables you to enjoy the present moment.
Tolerance to Distress
When you’re going through a challenging situation, distress tolerance can assist you in remaining calm. This skill teaches individuals to master the art of tolerating uncomfortable experiences in life.
Interpersonal effectiveness allows you to ask for things you’re interested in, but you can also say no to what you dislike. The program empowers people to support their likes and dislikes without hurting others or being disrespectful.
Regulating emotions can be challenging for those with feelings of despair. Mastering this technique enables you to change particular emotions, such as crying after experiencing frustrations and angry outbursts when confronting delicate issues.
What to Do After You Leave Treatment
After learning and acquiring the necessary skills through the dialectical behavior therapy program, the next phase is to put this newly acquired knowledge to use. The skills you’ll learn are in two categories: acceptance (distress tolerance & mindfulness) and change (emotion regulation & interpersonal effectiveness). The aim is to develop a balance between these components, thus enhancing your capacity to handle various situations in life with ease.
Most of the people opting for this kind of therapy have several issues to address. At Amatus Recovery Centers, qualified therapists help our clients to understand all the skills they’ll learn and how to use them for the method to be effective. Once you return to the outside world, you’ll need to apply these skills in various real-life situations. Doing so will allow you to develop strategies for pursuing your goals, gaining motivation, creating a friendly environment and interacting with others in healthy ways, and handling conflicts in relationships.
Reach Out to Amatus Recovery Centers Today
If you are experiencing unresolved mental health concerns, developing a solid therapeutic relationship through dialectical behavior therapy can allow you to make significant progress. Complex mental health conditions can make recovery feel impossible, but at Amatus, we want you to know that healing is possible. Contact Amatus Recovery Centers at 833.631.0525 to speak to a mental health professional today.