What is DBT?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based form of cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals who experience significant trouble managing their intense emotions, disruptive behaviors, and challenging relationships.
In order to more effectively manage intense emotions that can lead to impulsive decision-making and problematic behaviors, patients participating in DBT learn how to practice mindfulness — fully being present in the moment and focusing on one thing at a time, without judgment — along with new problem-solving skills. When mindful awareness is combined with effective problem-solving skills, children respond flexibly to difficult and stressful life experiences.
What is a Dialectic?
Finding the truth between two opposing ideas - using AND instead of BUT.
For example: I didn’t create all my problems and I can take responsibility solve them anyway.
Who is it for?
Boys ages 9-12 who struggle with any of the following:
- Defiant behaviors
- Difficulties with relationships
- Highly intense emotions
- Impulsive/disruptive behaviors
- Frequent and intense shifts in mood
- Depression and anxiety
- Family and peer conflict
- Anger outbursts
What is learned?
DBT focuses on skills training in four areas:
1) MINDFULNESS: The ability to observe and experience the present moment without judgment. Individuals learn to notice their emotions and to experience them— without always acting upon them.
2) EMOTIONAL REGULATION: Helping teens and their caregivers learn behavioral and cognitive techniques for reducing their vulnerability to, and enhancing their ability to cope with, overwhelming emotion.
3) INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS: Assertiveness and communications skills are emphasized with the aim of helping individuals achieve their goals, maintain healthy relationships, and maintain their self-respect even after conflicts.
4) DISTRESS TOLERANCE: Helping teens and their families learn ways to get through difficult moments without making impulsive decisions they may regret.
How does it all work, and what do we offer?
Individual DBT Therapy
Individual DBT therapy focusing on target behaviors and new skill reinforcement.
Weekly Group Skills Training
In our group skills training, the participants learn new skills to manage emotions and behaviors effectively. They practice them in group and further their practice during the week with weekly homework assignments.
Our clinicians meet regularly as a consultation team to support one another and think creatively about the best ways to help children and their families.
DBT Parent Management Training (as needed)
Our parents can work on specific problem behaviors and parenting goals by combining techniques our clients learned in the skills group with parent management training.
For more information:
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 973-747-2614