Dialectical Behavior Therapy / DBT


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed for a person struggling with emotion regulation, mood instability, interpersonal relationships and self-worth. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy teaches an individual how to live in the moment instead of focusing on the past or worrying about the future. It helps a person develop healthy ways to cope with life stress from work or home. DBT also provides a person with a new skillset to manage and work through difficult emotions and helps to improve relationships with others.

DBT focuses on providing therapeutic techniques in four key areas. 

  • Mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to both accept and be present in the moment. 
  • Distress Tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape it. 
  • Emotion Regulation covers strategies to manage and alter intense emotions that are causing problems in an individual’s life. 
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness consists of skills that help a person communicate in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and ultimately strengthens relationships. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., is sometimes called “talk therapy.” DBT incorporates a philosophical process called dialectics. Dialectics is based on the concept that everything is composed of opposites and that change occurs when there is a sort of “dialogue” between opposing forces. DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), meaning it's a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition, which refers to thoughts and beliefs, and behavior, or actions, in the development and or treatment process. The process makes three basic assumptions: all things are interconnected, change is constant and inevitable, and opposites can be integrated to form a closer approximation of the truth. 

At The Magnolia Institute, our approach to DBT has the following modes for treatment delivery.

  • Individual Psychotherapy 
  • DBT Skills Training Group 
  • In-the-Moment Phone Coaching 
  • DBT Consultation Team for Therapists 

As trained and certified DBT therapists, we are able to provide a treatment program that allows you to change; we believe in your ability to grow, to adapt, and to create a life worth living. 

How do you know if Dialectical Behavior Therapy is right for you? Let’s talk. At The Magnolia Institute, we will evaluate your symptoms, treatment history, and ultimate therapy goals to see if dialectical behavior therapy is the best approach for you moving forward.

The following therapists are trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): 

Types of Treatment

We offer an array of therapy options for individuals, families and couples.

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