Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

The Center offers DBT for all ages through individual therapy, as well as in groups made up of similar age clients. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a structured therapy that focuses on teaching four core skills (mindfulness, acceptance & distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) through a series of lessons. 

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on helping people change unhelpful thought patterns. DBT takes those CBT ideas or challenging unhelpful thought patterns, but also adds additional elements like mindfulness, acceptance and distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills to give you more tools for dealing with hard situations. Dialectical (the D is DBT) means opposites, and comes from the idea of combining two of those ideas – change and acceptance.

DBT has been shown to help with a variety of conditions in which people experience intense emotions including, Anxiety & Depression, Substance Abuse, Self-Harm, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Eating Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Anger Management. If you would like to learn more about how to improve your emotional management skills, please contact us to speak with one of our DBT specialists.”

For more information, call The Center at (215) 491-1119.

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