DBT: Does it have to be that intense?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is intense and that's usually because the suffering in life is so intense. People going through suffering want to get out of it as soon as possible and want to e successful. People who have had most success are ready to do the work.

Think about the following questions:

  • Are you ready to meet for individual assessment to get started with group?
  • Are you ready to commit to a minimum of 3 months of weekly classes?
  • Are you ready to arrive on-time and having done the homework?
  • Are you ready to slow down to learn the skills and be patient with applying them to your life?

If you answer no then think about what's getting in the way. Most people find that there is pain in their lives in feeling chaotic, overwhelmed, and out of control. Their emotions are unstable and they're losing relationships. When this is painful enough, the commitment to skills is worth it.

If you are ready to answer yes to all of those questions then you might be ready for the challenge. 

DBT works by teaching:

* the biosocial model for our emotions and relationships
* the dialectic of having a fulfilled life
* how to practice and implement the skills individualized to your life
* how to make a commitment for taking care of you

The focus is on teaching and practicing the skills, which might mean using examples from your life while also maintaining privacy and containment. Group is for learning and individual sessions are for applying directly to your own needs.

DBT skills are for everyone. During the first intake session you and the therapist will decide what's most appropriate given what you're going through.

More information on DBT

Created by Marsha Linehan, DBT provides validation of your effort while teaching new skills to change behavior. The goal is to create a life worth living by addressing the imbalance of emotions and an invalidating environment. This is for anyone wanting to enhance their lives and has been especially proven to help those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and BiPolar Disorder.

def. Dialectic  (Hegelian): noun. an interpretive method, originally used to relate specific entities or events to the absolute idea, in which some assertible proposition (thesis)  is necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory proposition (antithesis)  the mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition (synthesis) - dictionary.com

"Thus, the focus on acceptance did not occur to the exclusion of change based strategies; rather, the two enhanced the use of one another. In the course of weaving in acceptance with change, Linehan noticed that a third set of strategies –Dialectics --came into play. "  - BehavioralTech.org