What is DBT?

DBT means Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which could also be referred to as becoming more open minded. A dialectic is a dialogue between opposites. Dialectical therapy seeks the ability to tolerate opposites and to see truth in more than one perspective. DBT is an offshoot of CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This branch of psychology is aimed at helping you understand your thinking and behavior choices so they are more effective for your life and happiness.

Mindfulness is balancing emotion mind and wise mind.Distress Tolerance is when you have a problem you cannot solve, but you don't want to make it worse.Emotion Regulation is having less negative emotions and vulnerability, and more positive emotional experiences.Interpersonal Effectiveness is asking for what you want and saying no effectively.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Emotional Empowerment: Women's DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a research-based treatement that combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices including mindfulness techniques.
We’ve all found ourselves in a crisis, in a conflict with someone important in our lives or overwhelmed by emotion and circumstances. It can be difficult to maintain emotional balance while figuring out just how to navigate through those stressful times. For some, repetitive stressful events and an inability to recover fully from one event before another occurs, results in destructive behaviors, such as self-injury and suicide attempts, drug/alcohol or food related problems. It takes skills to solve life’s problems while enduring intense emotion.
In DBT, four skills modules are designed to specifically assist individuals in better managing behavioral, emotional and cognitive instability. Their intent is to help people with problems with anger or the expression with anger, episodic depression, irritability or anxiety, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity, stress and feelings of emptiness.
The Four Skill Modules:
v      Mindfulness Module is designed to teach a person how to focus their mind and attention.  This two week module is repeated between the others. RSVP on facebook for Feb. 10 please also schedule an Assessment.  More on Mindfulness
v      Distress tolerance Module is centered on accepting the current situation and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behavior.  This is a 6 week module. RSVP on facebook for Feb. 24 please also schedule an Assessment
v      Emotion regulation Module skills include learning to identify and label current emotions, identifying obstacles to changing emotions, reducing emotional reactivity, increasing positive emotions, and changing emotions.  This is a 6 week module. RSVP on facebook for April 21, please also schedule an Assessment
v      Interpersonal effectiveness Module skills teach effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict.  This is a 6 week module. RSVP on facebook for June 30, please also schedule an Assessment

Based in part on the book Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life.  New skills are presented each week and homework is assigned to practice during the week. Homework is reviewed at a later individual session or at the next group. The goal is for members to gain new skills, get better at the skills they have and be able to use the skills when they are really needed, like during times of intense emotion, crisis or conflict.
Group Counseling: $45 per group.  Depending on your plan, cost may be covered by insurance (soon to include Medicare).  (If you have OHP, we refer you to MCCFL 541-386-2620).  Assistance available with fees.  Binders cost $25.  Gift cards $25 for full attendance of four modules.

Intake:  Please call to set up an individual assessment appointment with one of our co-facilitators to enter the group.  See information on side bar.

Weekly: Thursdays 1:30-3pm. 
Location:  209 Oak Street, Suite 204

 Allow time for parking as it is metered downtown.


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