Dialectical Behavior Informed Therapy


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines the aspect of change that other therapies provide with a concept of general acceptance. DBT works to validate client’s feelings and experiences as well as creating a balance with change to meet the client’s goals. DBT teaches clients to consider their emotional mind as well as their reasonable mind to make wise mind decisions that are effective for their lives. DBT has shown to be an effective treatment for clients who become distressed or emotionally deregulated easily, show a lack of frustration tolerance, have symptoms of anxiety or a depressed mood, have a pattern of  relationship difficulties, are self- injurious, or have had chronic suicidal ideation or attempts.

Individual therapy involves weekly sessions to decrease problem behaviors. Individual therapy reinforces skills to help client’s solve problems, resolve interpersonal conflict, increase self- respect and achieve personal goals.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is generally focused on specific problems, using a goal-oriented approach. Each session may have a specific agenda to guide discussion. Homework may be asked of you in the therapy process to utilize skills learning in therapy in daily life.  It typically includes activities like identify troubling situations or conditions in your life, become aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs about these situations or conditions, identifying negative or irrational thinking, and challenge and replacing negative or irrational patterns of thinking.


Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Focused CBT is an evidenced based practiced used to provide relief for adults and children who have experienced a trauma. Psychoeducation is the first step in this process, learning about trauma and the effects of trauma can be a great relief. Learning coping skills to manage symptoms of the trauma is the next step and can be a long process for some. When this process is complete and the client feels it is time, a trauma narrative is created and processed with the client. Sometimes the client wishes to share the narrative with a parent or loved one to receive support , understanding, and encouragement. Follow up after the trauma is provided as the client needs. This method has shown a decrease in symptoms in many trauma victims.


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