Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that is recognized as a gold standard for treating substance use co-occurring issues. At Borden Cottage, we integrate DBT into our holistic, person-centered approach to treatment.

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What Is DBT?

DBT is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that combines the principles of mindfulness techniques and dialectical philosophy. It champions the acceptance of opposing ideas without negating their validity. DBT helps individuals shift their mindset from choosing between acceptance or change to recognizing that acceptance and change are necessary for growth. By embracing the paradoxical nature of human experience and offering practical tools for emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness, DBT empowers individuals to navigate life’s challenges more effectively.

Building Emotional Resilience Through DBT

Central to DBT is the acknowledgment that some individuals are predisposed to intense emotional reactions, making it difficult to regulate emotions effectively. DBT provides a strategic framework for addressing these challenges by equipping individuals with essential coping skills. DBT helps individuals regain control over their emotional landscape and cultivate healthier coping mechanisms through targeted interventions in mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, and distress tolerance.

The Four Pillars of DBT

Mindfulness emphasizes being present in the moment. It helps individuals learn to understand, accept, and observe their emotions without judgment, fostering a balanced sense of self. Through various meditative exercises, individuals learn to embrace their thoughts and emotions.

Distress Tolerance focuses on tolerating and minimizing distress when faced with negative emotions. Through stress tolerance, individuals learn how to accept the current situation and cope with stress using healthier behaviors, avoiding previous negative patterns.

Emotional Regulation helps individuals to learn how to navigate difficult emotions effectively. By learning to cope with intense feelings, individuals become less vulnerable to negative moods and experience more positive emotional states.

Interpersonal Effectiveness helps clients understand their relationships with others and handle conflict appropriately. It teaches individuals to assert their needs while maintaining relationships and fostering independence.

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