Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT is an evidence-based therapy that was developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan. Research has proven its effectiveness in enabling people to manage intense and extreme emotions that interfere with quality of life and frequently lead to out-of-control (and often shameful) behaviors. DBT has been proven effective for those with BPD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and any struggles to regulate or manage emotions.
In DBT skills group, participants learn and practice skills alongside others. Groups are led by a trained DBT therapist teaching skills and leading exercises.
DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
DBT Skills Group will be held weekly on Mondays from 9:30am to 11:30am starting April 1, 2019. Call 717.233.1681 to schedule your intake today!